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The Gospel Messenger 



"SET FOR THE DEFENSE OF THE GOSPEL."— Philpp. 1: 17 



Vol. 66 



Elgin, 111., January 6, 1917 



No. 1 



In This Number 



Ministerial Relief Fund, 



Tiie, Patent Medicine Tlieory of Religii 
Contributors' Forum, — 

Redeemer (Poem). By B. F. M. Sonr, 
ClnircU Unity. By Roger C. Smitli. M 
Common Questions About Cli 



you are going to do, forgetting what you have already 
done. Why do you not remember that you have placed 
your case in the hands of Jesus Christ? Is it possible 
to question whether he is able to keep you from fall- 
ing? Not as long as you ti-ust him. That is your busi- 
ness now. Of course, if you are always fearing you 
will fail, almost certainly you will. But how utterly 
foolish you are with such Infinite Resources at your 
command. Why try to undo the past? Why not rath- 
er rejoice in the glorious fact? 



that we but knew how to sing that sweet old hymn 
which found its inspiration in this incident, " Nearer, 
My God, to Thee." 



By Nellie Beeh- 



" Chenp." By E. P. Shorfy 

Christians. By Leander Smitli 

The Bound Table, — 

Asplratlofls. By Ezra Flory 

I Just Haven't the Time, By Prank Musselmnn, 

Are They on tlie Way? By M. M. Eshelmnn 

The Odor of Good Deeds. By Jno. S. Plory, 



The Mary Qulnter Hospital In India. By Mary Pol 

lenberger 

Childhood and Old Age. By J. D. Haughtelln 

)m6 and FamHr, — 
Tield and Yoii Shall See (Poem). By Daisy J 



-Part One. By Ida M. 



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HJ3ITORIAU . . . 



Wliat Siiall This Book Contain? 

That tlie New Year's' number of the Messenger 
might be in your hands when the new year should ar- 
rive, the last issue for 1916 was utilized for that pur- 
pose. This seemed the more fitting since, being num- 
ber fifty-three, it was a kind of extra anyway, and 
could hardly claim full right to a place in the closing 
year. So it was well suited for a transition number. 
Yet it is with the present issue that the volume for 
1917 is actually begun. What will be written in this 
book? In vague and general outline we can guess. 
But who can tell what the concrete facts will be? 
• How many souls won for Christ will be recorded in 
it? Will some of these be due to your activity and 
prayers? Not one? Will the corresfondent from 
your church tell of the new life in the Sjinday-school 
and the church work generally? If nOL why not? 
Because you failed to do your part? Vml the con- 
tributions to the paper reflect a growing cdifidence in 
the future usefulness ai the church, a growinr appreci- 
ation of tlie things most vital and central, anV a grow- 
ing consecration in the membership? WillVhe new 
volume tell the story of greater resistance to tfe world 
and sin, and of completer yielding of the resoj^rces of 
the church in wealth and talent, to Jesus Christ. 

Plainly there are great possibilities for the Word 
that is to be written into the new volume of the "fcs- 
SENGER. Do you s«e, reader, that the realizatiA of 
them depends chiefly on what you do about it? 



Changing Luz to Bethel 

That night at Bethel was a great experience for 
Jacob. It gave him a new vision of his God, and 
taught him to look for God in unexpected places. He 
had no thought of finding Jehovah here. He probably 
did not expect to find him anywhere on his trip to Ha-' 
ran. And likely enough he was not very anxious to find 
him, judging from what had happened lately and from 
the fear which the discovery of God's presence gave 
him. That God could be with him anywhere he might 
go was a new idea. His eyes were opened to a new 
truth. A mountain near Dothan was once full of 
horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha, but the 
young man with the prophet could not see them until 
he had his eyes opened by the Lord. 

Have we learned that lesson yet ourselves? Why 
are we so slow to understand that getting near to God 
is not a matter of geography, that the gate of heaven 
is anywhere we choose to open it, that the name of 
many a Luz along our pathway might be changed to 
Bethel if we would? Of course there is but one 
answer. Our spiritual vision is too blurred. We have 
been looking so much at the things tliat are seen, that 
our eye is not practiced for the things unseen. We live 
too much in the world of carnal things. We need to 
study once again that weighty word of Christ, " Bless- 
ed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." O, 



Our New Graded Lessons and Religious 
Home Training of Children 

There has long been a wide-spread feeling that 
tiiere is a very grave lack in the religious instruction 
and training of children by their parents in the home. 
It has been generally felt that things used to be better 
than they are now, and that there is far less of such 
teaching than fonnerly. Whether or not this is true, 
may be fairly doubted. Certain it is that there is very 
much more to be desired here than we have in practice 
at the present. 

The important questions, with reference to this mat- 
ter are: First of all, "What is the reason there is so 
little religious teaching in the home? " Second, the 
still more practical query, " What can be done to bring 
about more of it? '* 

To the first of these questions the essential answer 
is that most parents do not know just how to go about 
it, and do not have the proper guidance and inspiration 
to undertake it. If this answer is correct, it leads the 
way to the answer of the second question. The only 
way to bring about more of it is intelligently to guide 
and effectually to inspire each home to do this work. 
This can not be done by lamentations and castigalions, 
by complaints and scoldings. The only way that is 
worth while attempting, is for those who are leaders 
in religious education, to make out proper courses of 
study, to organize the eflForts, and then intelligently to 
guide them week by week. 

The first step in the solution of the problem lies in 
the making out of the lesson courses and helps for 
Sunday-school workers and parents. Many of our 
most earnest and intelligent parents are asking today, 

(Concluded on I'nge ,••,) 



Superannuated Missionary and Ministerial Relief Fund 



Making Your Resolutions Stick 

■ " Thinking a thing is so, does not make it so." You 
have heard it often, but, like most proverbial sayings, 
it is only half true. Sometimes it does not, to be sure, 
but in many cases it helps wonderfully. To this fact 
is due the success of the psychopathic healer, as well 
as that of such philosophical exaggerations as New 
Thought and Christian Science. The hypnotist under- 
stands it well. 

In a current magazine Booth Tarkington tells how a 
man quit drinking. He did not decide that he was go- 
ing to quit. He simply decided that he had quit. It 
was already an accomplished fact, He allowed his 
mind to take no other view of it, and it proved to be a 
case in which thinking the thing to be so, made it so. 

Is there not here a hint for the Qiristian, especially 
timely at this season of new resolves and purposes? 
You always fail, you say, in making your decisions 
good. Perhaps you have been deciding merely what 



The writer finds a number of our ministers and lay- 
members who are not acquainted with the fact that the 
church has a Fund as named at the head of this article. 
A number have been asked about it and some officials 
have replied, " Why, I didn't know we had such a 
fund." For more general information, the facts con- 
cerning this good and important Fund are here given. 

In the November number of the Missionary Visitor, 
the Editor, Bro. J. H. B. Williams, gives an excellent 
write-up of the fund. We recommend our readers to 
secure the number of the Visitor and read what he has 
to say. It is helpful and instructive. 

The following is copied from the application blank, 
sent out to those who desire help from the Fund. It 
gives some of the facts concerning the Fund, its pur- 
pose and the sources of its income : 
\ " This fund shall be used for the support of aged and 
iVfirm missionaries and ministers in good standing in 
% Church of the Brethren, who may be left without 
filer means of support. It will be under the manage- 
n.lrt of the General Mission Board of the church. 
'"The fund shall be composed of twenty per cent of 
theGish Fund and twenty per cent of the eaniings of 
the Brethren Publishing House, set apart for mission 
worl:. cash donations, income from endowments, either 
by (iitect bequest, or on the annuity plan, and by money 
reca.<e4 from those who enjoy a full support from the 
Fund ' 

" Xo one shall receive aid from said fund who is 

able ,0 stipport himself, or who has sufficient income 

to keep him in a comfortable home and afford him the- 

necessauts of life, or who has sons or daughters who 

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arc able and willing to give the aid sought. , . . Upon 
the death of the beneficiary, the aid shall cease unless 
he leaves a widow who shall receive such aid from the 
Fund as the church in which she lives may consider 
her entitled to. Widows of missionaries and ministers 
may receive aid from this Fund under the rules pro- 
vided for their husbands." 

The income for the Fund from the (iisli Fund is six 
hundred and sixty-five dollars annually, and from the 
Brethren Publishing House one thousand five hundred 
a'nd sixty dollars, so that the annual income is two 
thousand two hundred and twenty-five dollars. The 
time will come when this fund must be more than 
doubled to support those in need. 

Twenty-seven names have been on the list since the 
Fund first started, and $11,645 has been paid out to 
those receiving aid from the good Fund. Those now on 
the list receive annually $2,380. It is well to notice that 
the amount paid out each year exceeds the income by 
$155.00. This shows clearly that the income must be 
increased, and it should induce our liberal-hearted 
brethren and sisters to make immediate donations to 
this most important and excellent Fund. You can not 
make a better use of part of the. money that the Lord 
has given into your care. Will you give and give now ? 

The fact that so large a part of the annual income of 
the Brethren Publishing House goes into this Fund, 
and that all of it. save this, goes into the Mission work 
of the church, should make every missionary, minister 
and lay-member a loyal supporter of the House. Mis- 
sionaries and ministers are each personally interested 
in this Fund. You may not now realize that the time 



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may come when you will need support. None of us 
know fully what is before us. Some have and are re- 
ceiving help who at one time never thought that such 
aid would be needed. But they greatly appreciated the 
help when it came. 

In the article in the November Visitor, Bro. Williams 
gives extracts from'letters by those who are receiving 
aid from the Missionary and Ministerial Relief Fund. 
Several of these are given to our readers. Read them 
and see how tiiis grand help is appreciated and then, as 
the Lord has blessed you, open your hearts and pocket- 
books, and help on this good work. 

From an Aged Brother in the West 

If some of our wealthy members knew the joy and 
comfort afforded to these old soldiers of the cross 
through this fund, we believe that many of our able mem- 
bers would make donations and bequests to this fund. We 
shall soon have a number of worn-out missionaries who 
receive only their living and can not lay up anything for 
the time when they can not labor any more, and must be 
cared for, and this fund will be still more needed. No 
aid is more thankfully received than that which is be- 
stowed upon our superannuated ministers. 

From a Sister Left with a Number of Children 

This help means more to me than you can know. We 
thank God continually for the brethren and sisters who 
are working with him and responding with their means, 
thus helping him keep his promise to the widows and 
fatherless children. Oh, I do not see how it would be 
possible for me to keep our family together if it were 
not for the money from this fund. 

From an Aged Brother Who Has Preached Throughout 
the Brotherhood 

This is to express my grateful and heartfelt thanks for 
the visit of the raven with a wcU-filled basket of sweet 
meat. May the God of such consolation supply all need- 
ed good to those who keep the helping store supplied. 
God be praised for a James R. and Barbara Gish. I for 
one can speak from experience. My dear companion is 
well on in her fourth year of paralysis of the brain. This 
has destroyed her mental powers, so that she can do noth- 
ing, not even converse on any subject. This fund has 
been helping us over this rough place in this life's experi- 
ence. May God bless abundantly all who are now help- 
ing and all who may decide to be helpers in this cause. 
From the Widow of a Hard-Working Minister 

1 do not and cannot fully realize how much this aid has 
meant to me. I praise our Heavenly Father that he put 
it into the hearts of some good people to provide such a 
fund, that some needy ones might in this way have their 
needs provided. I pray God that many others who have 
been blessed with wealth may see the many blessings 
that are brought into the homes of those who have given 
all of their time for the work of the Master. 

1 the 

Just yesterday, while in secret prayer, I was led of the 
Spirit to pray a special blessing upon those who have with 
their means made possible the Ministerial and Missionary 
Relief Fund. 

Had it not been for the help received when most need- 
ed, making it possible to cease from all labor and seek 
for health, I without much doubt would not be here to 
write these few lines. Wife and children are the dear- 
est possessions any person has; and when the father and 
provider's health fails, a fund like this for relief is a 
veritable godsend to the servant of the Lord. 

Whether I am blessed with much or little I shall do my 
part to help increase this fund, for Jesus says: "I was 
naked and ye clothed me. sick and ye visited me." When? 
" Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, 
even these least, ye did it unto me." 

How these good people show their high appreciation 
for what has been and is being done for them ! You 
who have plenty of this world's goods, want and need a 
part in this good work. You need the blessings that 
God will surely give you if you cheerfully, willingly 
and liberally respond. D. L. M. 



Children at the Lord's Table 

We are asked to say what we think about children, 
not members of the church, occupying seats by the side 
of their parents, at the Lord's table. 

The splendid privilege of occupying a seat at the 
Lord's table, upon the part of children, not members; 
can be used to excellent advantage, or it can be abused. 
As a rule, so long as children occupy seats by their 
parents in the regular church ser\'ices, and are kept 
under their watchful eye, they may be encouraged to 
continue with their parents during the feast services. 
But when they become old enough to care for them- 



selves during meeting hours, and are in the habit of 
doing so, it would seem to be taking advantage of a 
highly spiritual privilege, for them to make an ex- 
ception of the occasion, and sit witli their parents 
merely for the sake of securing something to eat. It 
is a question of propriety, and needs to be dealt with 
wisely. 

We know of members, who have, even in childhood, 
never been absent from the Lord's table. When babes 
they were in their mothers' arms at the feasts attend- 
ed, and when old enough to occupy a seat, remained 
by the side of their parents until they applied for mem- 
bership. This may have been at the age of eight, or 
even younger. There are brethren, who, as boys, never 
left the side of their fathers in church, or at the Lord's 
table. They can not think of a time when a feast was 
held in their commtinity and they were absent from 
the table of the Lord, either as children awaiting the 
time w^hen they could publicly put on Christ in baptism, 
or as regular members of the body of Christ, with all 
the rights and privileges of others of the saints. 

It is a blessed thing for children to be brought up in 
the sanctuary of the Most High, and around the table 
of the Lord. It not only makes them strong in Christ 
Jesus, but fills their minds with the most precious of 
memories. It is an interesting study to watch the face 
of an innocent little girl, who with a plainly manifest 
'feeling of reverence, and even awe, observes every 
movement of the officiating minister and the other 
members during the progress of a nicely-conducted 
feast. She may, while seated 'by her mother at the 
Lord's table, contentedly eat what the mother gives 
her, but when the bread is broken and the cup is 
passed, she remains a quiet observer, knowing that 
these sacred emblems, as served, are for members 
only. The thoughts that come to children on these oc- 
casions, and under these circumstances, never wholly 
leave them. Even though they may find their way to 
distant lands, and neglect to unite with the Church of 
the Brethren, they will, to their dying day, now and 
tiien recall their experiences when seated by a father 
or a mother at the table of the Lord. Memories of this 
sort are of more value in life, as the years go by, than 
much silver and gold. 

But the privilege should not be ahused by inviting 
to the table children, who, during other services, never 
think of sitting with their parents, or have little idea of 
uniting with the church at a very early age. If the idea 
of children is to have a seat at the table merely to grati- 
fy their appetites, it is time for their parents to instruct 
them more carefully along the line of propriety. Then 
some regard should be had for the accommodation of 
members who are crowded away from the table on ac- 
count of a number of seats being occupied by children. 
It is not proper that a mother and two children should 
occupy three chairs, and probably the father and one 
of the boys tw"0 more, when the seats are needed by 
members. It is possible to overdo a good thing, and to 
bring that which otherwise would be proper, into justi- 
fiable disfavor. Wise parents will not be found abusing 
privileges of this sort. They will think of the com- 
forts and needs of other members, rather than being 
constantly thinking about their desires, and the crav- 
ings of children, who are large enough to eat, along 
with others, before the feast begins, all that may be 
needed for the evening. 

At this point may be a good time to call attention to 
a custom that has been observed by a number of our 
elders, when directing the passing of the loaf and cup. 
As they pass from table to table, they may be seen serv.-, 
ing each child, at the tables, with a portion of t' 
pieces left, as the bread is broken by the members c .; 
to another. Children soon learn to know the cus n 
of the minister who officiates in this manner,. -id 
watch for their small bit of bread with much intere-tt. 
Ever since we began officiating, this has been our cus- 
tom, and has often proved a most interesting parti of 
our serving. In handing out bits o^ bread, in this way, 
we have always felt that we were helping to lead the 
innocent lambs of the Master's flock in the way that 
the good Shepherd would have them go. 

It may also be well, at the close of the feast, fdr the 
officiating minister, or the elder in charge of thfc con- 
gregation, kindly to hand to all the children who come 
forward, a piece of the communion bread. This may 



be done so carefully and reverently as to very favor- 
ably impress every boy or girl w^ho is favored with the 
portion of the bread passed to him or her. But for a 
minister, or anyone else, to pass through the congrega- 
tion, handing out pieces of the bread in a miscellaneous 
way, is certainly not in keeping with what may be re- 
garded as tlie sacredness of the occasion. It is a dis- 
play of a sacred emblem that is more or less painful to 
any one having a deep reverence for the house of God, 
and especially for the love feast services. j. H. M. 



The Church and Society 

No. 3.— The Church and Politics.— Individual 
Responsibility 

If we are to believe that tiie church, as an organiz- 
ation, should be out of politics and that its efltect upon 
politics is rather indirect and secondary, we have still 
only disposed of the easiest half of our problem. It is 
through its effect upon the life of the individual that 
the church properly comes to be of political conse- 
quence. Hence there is yet to discuss the relation and 
responsibility of the individual church-member to 
politics. 

Of course, one may say that results should be sought 
through the church-member's influence upon others 
rather than through his own active participation in 
politics. But while such a program is good, as far as it 
goes, it is, perhaps, also clear that at times it may not 
go very far. Sometimes there should be an end to 
patience, that we may make way for a righteous indig- 
nation that does not stop at the use of force. At least 
this view would seem to be suggested by the fact that 
Christ at least once, and perhaps tv/ice, "drove the 
money-changers from the temple. 

But let us be a little bit m<3re concrete. Shall a 
church-member vote? Shall^'he upon occasion hold 
office? These are questdbns upon which it may 
be somewhat difficult to agree. And yet, not to agree 
may stir up, in the mind,s of some, all of that confusion 
which arises when a group accepts certain principles, 
but yet allows many to act as though they believed an- 
other way. Here, again, we have a problem in har- 
mony and we will have to do our best to keep from los- 
ing our temper as well as our way. 

Perhaps it is just as well to begin with the apostle 
Peter's suggestion about being " subject to every ordi- 
nance of man for the Lord's sake." (Compare 1 Peter 
2: 13-17.) Then, too, St. Paul remarks, "Let every 
soul be in subjection to the higher powers : for there is 
no power but of God." (Compare Rom. 13: 1-7.) 
Recall also jfiat Christ preferred not to give any oc- 
casion of st/mbling to the tax-gatherers, and therefore 
paid the hsfff-shekel. Now the spirit of these texts is 
in favor of good citizenship. Of course there is no 
definite rtference to voting and holding office, and yet 
this is nf marvel, for there was small place for such 
contribyfions on the part of the inhabitants of a sub- 
ject R/man province. About all there was to do was 
to pav7the taxes and keep quiet, for more than this 
woul//likely have meant conflict with the Roman sol- 
dier^ When Christ says: "If my kingdom were of 
thif world then would my servants fight," he at once 
sugj^ests how few and fatal were the commonly-ac- 
cepted obligations of citizenship in his day. 

But now, since times have changed, so that great 
issues may be decided by the ballot, it is worth our 
while to consider what Christ would have us do. Of 
course, we can not expect to find a verse saying, 
" Thou shalt not vote, neither shalt thou hold office." 
We can only hope to find the general principles that 
will serve as guides. Recall now the texts, lately cited, 
that encourage respect for law and order. Is it too 
much to suggest that a Christian will also be a model 
citizen, in so far as such obligations do not conflict 
with the principles of the Gospel? If St. Paul were 
living today, would he stay away from the polls when 
great moral issues, like prohibition, are up for a vote? 

Some people make a good deal of Old Testament 
types and if the value and pertinency of these is ad- 
mitted, then let us consider a case or two. The Bible 
frequently suggests that God is in control of the uni- 
verse; that he directs the affairs of the nations. The 
whole of the Book of Habakkuk is written to show 
that God is in his heaven and that his going forth is for 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1917 



the salvation of his people. Now this direction of the 
affairs of the nations is largely accomplished through 
the raising up of men for important positions. Indeed, 
some of the most godly and notable people of the Old 
Testament times were office-holders. Consider Joseph, 
Daniel, and Esther. If these three illustrate what 
God can accomplish when righteous people are in 
ofifice, then it looks as if we ought to pray for ten thou- 
sand like them. Of course, one way to answer such a 
prayer is to vote for the men that God can use to his 
glory. 

Now there is no telling what aspirations these sug- 
gestions might stir up. Indeed it begins to look as if 
every Christian should try to get into office, for if one 
is good, then more would be still better. But just here 
our Old Testament types come in handy again. If a 
man or woman is as wise, as honest, as courageous as 
Joseph and Daniel and Esther, he may consider the 
presidency or a senatorship. If not, then let the 
average Christian just glorify the comer where he is. 
The problem for the individual, as for the organized 
church, is really not the question of how best to remain 
isolated, but rather how to do the work and remain 
unspotted from the world. Joseph and Daniel, and 
even the founders of our own church illustrate some- 
thing of the caliber of the men that can keep their 
heads in the midst of temptation. 

One last word in defense of these tedious para- 
graphs. It is evident from all that has been said that 
the church is to be a regenerating power in the world. 
In a smaller way the same is true of the individual 
church-member. One of the special opportunities 
open to the Christian citizenship of these days is the 
chance to help determine the policies of the state. No 
such conditions existed in the days of the forefathers, 
and yet, upon occasion, such great lights as Joseph and 
Daniel were used of God to his glory. Hence it is not 
unfair to conclude that the Christian of today should 
do all that is proper to make the world a sweeter and 
a better place in which to live. In this" way he will 
not disappoint the expectation of the whole creation 
that groaneth and travaileth in pain until now. By so 
doing he will make it easier to convert men to the way 
of righteousness. Now, finally, if these paragraphs 
have done anything to clear up the question of the re- 
lation of church and politics, may God have the praise,' 
but if not, may he blot them out of memory. 



CONTRIBUTORS' FORUM 



The Patent Medicine Theory of Religion 

If you have never done so it will pay you to notice 
carefully the variety of answers given in the New 
Testament to inquirers about the way of life. Peter 
once told a multitude of conscience-stricken people to 
" repent and be baptized." Paul and Silas told a 
frightened jailor to " believe on the Lord Jesus 
Christ." A certain fiery preacher of the wilderness 
turned away a crowd of people who came to him for 
baptism, with the stern rebuke, " Bring forth there- 
fore fruit worthy of repentance." Jesus bade a likely 
looking young inquirer, " Keep the commandments," 
and a little later, diagnosing his special case more 
exactly, " Sell whatsoever thou hast and give to the 
poor." At another time he said to a lawyer, after re- 
buking his assumed ignorance and compelling him to 
answer his own question, " Go, and do thou like — " 
the Samaritan did. 

These examples are quite enough to show the 
method of Jesus and his apostles in dealing with the 
supreme question. They had no stereotyped answer. 
Their treatment of sin-sickness was^ -lot after the 
patent-medicine method. They presccve-ied according 
to the demands of the case before thei)^' 

And yet it is gloriously true that 1°^ Gospel is a 
panacea for all spiritual ills. The ij ?id of Jesus 
Christ cleanses from all sin. But we have often over- 
looked the simple truth that the particular change in 
attitude and life required, to insure an efficacious ap- 
plication of the blood, varies much in different per- 
sons. The way to salvation or eternal life is, in prin- 
ciple, the same for everybody. But in detail, what 
one must do to be saved, depends upon what one has 
been doing, or nof doing. Witness the cases above 
cited. We ought to read that question of the Philip- 
pian jailor with a new emphasis on the " I." 



Redeemer 

BY B. F. M. SOURS 
Blasted by sin, bound by its galling chains, 

Sunk low in woe, without a ray of light, 
Lost, lost in guilt, ere night and darker gloom, 
No beam of hope to cheer the woe of night, — 
Hark! the happy angels singl 
"On earth peace!"— the Christ is KingI 
Doomed to remorse, — remorse for sin and shame,— 

Steeped in dismay, despair t!ie spirit's cloak, 
Blacker than darkness al] the future gloomed. 
Crushed by my sin, while justice waits the stroke 
Stop! He died on Calvary, 
Rose in immortality! 
Blacker than darkness were my sin and shame. 

Harder than chains the clanking cliains of sin; 
Terror and darkness, lurid flames of wrath, 
Smouldered .already in the woe within: 
Jesus, Savior, thou hast died! 
Justice now is satisfied. 
Dark hosts of woe the bat;le-ground have made 

Of my poor heart, but Jesus bids me live. 
No more the carnage shall my spirit tear; 
Christ is my Healer, and iie dotli forgive. 
O my holy, holy Lotd, 
Thou art of my soul adored! 
Noon floods her glory o'er my happy heart; 

Jesus is crowned, my Monarch on his throne. 
Hope is immortal; I shall live with him, 
Him who is Conqueror, and he alone. 
The eternal harps shall ring 
"Glory! Glory!" to my King! 
Shall I be silent when the seas of joy 

Surge, and in billows dash upon my soul? 
Shall I not tell to all the world the news,— 
"Come, come to him, and he will make you wliole 
Hark! O brother, help me sing, 
"A Redeemer is my King! " 
Mechanicsburg, Pa. 



Church Unity 



BY ROGER C. SK 



There are many of us who hope, some day, for a 
united church, — the unity that our Master taught. Will 
it come? Perhaps, but not until we make it possible. 
Permit me to discuss, very briefly, a few points on 
methods and incidents, by which we may be helped in 
obtaining such a unity. 

There is a sort of inherent dread, fear, or even op- 
position to people who differ from us in race or color. 
It is probably a remnant of the days of the tribe man. 
So even today, a person who disagrees with us on any 
point, — whether it be important or not, — is often con- 
sidered an enemy. And there are no differences that 
appear so huge and insurmountable as religious differ- 
ences. Indeed, the Puritans fled from England to es- 
cape persecution for religious beliefs and came to 
Massachusetts to found a colony where they might 
worship as they saw fit. Then, when Roger Williams, 
a Baptist, came to the colony, the Puritans persecuted 
him, and he had to flee to Rhode Island to save his life. 
The Puritans showed intolerance. 

There is much of intolerance today. I know of 
members in the Church of the Brethren that consider 
members of other churches as being insincere, scripture 
twisters and even as heathen. Why? Simply because 
these do not believe exactly as they do. Perhaps you 
can think of some preachers who think that everybody 
that does not believe and preach just the same doc- 
trines and beliefs they preach, is deliberately disobey- 
ing a part of the Divine command. They forget that 
religious beliefs and doctrines differ because of differ- 
ent emphasis. One church emphasizes one thing, an- 
other thinks that very thing unimportant. Both may be 
and generally are sincere and honest in their opinions. 
So, as long as others do not try to force their beliefs on 
us, they should b^ allowed to believe as they under- 
stand. That is tolerance. There can never be any sort 
of a church unity or unity of any societies until the 
members are willing to allow the rest to believe as they 
understand the truth. So tolerance is the first principle 
of religious unity. 

When a union between churches or organizations of 
similar, yet different, convictions, is proposed, the first 



question generally asked is, " What are you willing to 
give up?" How absurd! If the members of either 
body are sincere and honest they should say, " Noth- 
ing. We can give up nothing. Every point in our 
creed is vital." If any man sacrifices even a small part 
of his honest convictions, to belong to a religious body, 
he should be called insincere, for if he could so readily 
sacrifice a part, are you sure he could not, just as read- 
ily, sacrifice the rest? So, tlien, it is useless to try to 
unite churches by expecting the other side to give up 
some things. That is a negative procedure. 

Then, finally, there can never be any church unity 
where-there is not the spirit of cooperation. It is not 
so much, " What will you give up," but, " What will 
you contribute to this great work? " The positive as- 
pect is the important one. Will you work with us in 
spite of our differences? Church unity proceeds first 
by tolerance, second by cooperation and then comes 
real unity. 

los De Witt Place, Ithaca, N. Y. 



Common Questions About China Answered 

BY F. H. CRUMPACKER 

Why the extra expense of a Girls' School separate from 
that for the boys? 

The customs of the country are such that boys and 
girls, other than the same family, do not play or as- 
sociate together. If we do not observe the custom, 
they say : " All right ; we will not send our giris," and 
the school soon gets a bad name. It is a little more 
expensive than if both sexes were taught together, but 
with Cliina's present condition, a school for both sexes 
is practically impossible. / 

Can you use United States postage stamiis? 

Not in China. If they are sent to the missionaries, 
we have to send them to America to get their value. 
We do use a few in this way, when sending for small 
articles in America, to be sent to us by mail. 

What is the best way to send money to the China mis- 
No way is so safe and. inexpensive as to send it 
through the General Mission Board. Send it to Bretli- 
ren General Mission Board, Elgin, 111., and state def- 
initely how you want it used in China, and it will get 
to China and be used as you direct. 

What do the people live on? 

In North China, where the Brethren Mission is lo- 
cated, the staple food is millet. Where they can afford 
it, they use some flour, but most of them are too poor 
for the better food. In South and Central Qiina the 
food is rice. Along the coast they use a good deal of 
fish. 

What salary do the native helpers get? 

Until recently we have been able to get them for 
from $60 to $75. The cost of living has wonderfully 
increased in China, as well as in the United States. We 
may have to pay about $100 per year, from this time 
on. 

How much does it cost to support and educate an or- 
phui? 

Here again the cost is increasing. We have been 
able to do it for about $22 per year, but from now on 
it will be between $25 and $30. This provides for 
clothing and an education. 

What is the comparative value of a dollar there and 

Here is a big question. You can see the comparative 
or relative salary of a native and a missionary. If we 
could live like the Chinese, and eat their food, we could 
live for about the same amount they do. Or, in other 
words, one dollar would go as far as five do in Amer- 
ica. In our building, if we build purely after the 
Chinese fashion, our money would go about five times 
as far as in America. To the extent that we make a 
house foreign by putting in windows, doors and otJier 
conveniences, to that extent does it become as ex- 
pensive as in America. Our church building is at least 
half foreign and half Chinese. A house as substantial, 
that would seat six hundred people, would, in the. 
United States, cost about $5,000. We spent about 
$1,500. Our Boys' School building is half foreign and 
half Chinese, and we spent $3,500. In this country the 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1917 



same building would cost at least $12,000. We built 
a residence for the three unmarried missionary sisters 
who Vn-Q at Ping Ting. The eight rooms, a side-room 
for a kitchen, the servants' quarters, and a wall around 
part of it, cost $2,000. In this country a house hke it 
would probably cost $3,000. There are no trimmings 
or extra fixtures at all. All is built purely for utility. 
Were we to put on as many extras as in the United 
States, the expense would be the same. Were we con- 
tent to live on a dirt or brick floor, as do the Chinese, 
using wooden hinges and dispensing with any venti- 
lation, we could build for half the money, or even one- 
third. The reason for much of this is found jn the 
cheap labor in China. Carpenters and masons get only 
about ten cents a day. 

Have you any ministers? 

Not as we think of ministers in the United States. 
We appoint diem to tasks for a certain length of time. 
We may sometime choose them to the ministry, but at 
the present time none are qualified. 

What kind of clothing do you wear in China? • 

In China we dress much as we do in this country 
during the winter months, but during the summer we 
put on as light clothing as we can get. All of us must 
have special sun-hats, for the rays of the sun are so 
piercing tliat we can not endure them unless we keep 
ourselves protected from the sun. AVe have to send to 
America for most of our clothing, and thus it is quite 
expensive. 

Why do you have servants in China? 

Again we do as custom dictates. The people of the 
countr}' look down upon the cooks as quite a low class 
of laborers, and if our women would do that kind of 
work, it would hinder them from the special work for 
whidi we went to China. Again ; the church sends us 
as missionaries, so, if we can spend all of our time 
in direct mission work, it is to the advantage of the 
church, rather than of ourselves. I have heard every 
sister missionary on tlie field intimate that if she could 
dispense with the sen^ant proposition she would be 
glad to do so. In short, we use servants because it is 
expedient to do so. 

Why do the women have bound feet? 

There are several reasons given as the cause for the 
practice. Probably the one most autlientic is this : 
About 350 years ago the Chinese were at w^ar with the 
Manchurian people. The latter overcame the Chinese. 
As a war penalty, the Manchus declared that all of the 
Chinese women must bind their feet, and the men must 
wear the cue. If any refused to do this, they were be- 
headed. As a result, all of the girls and women bound 
their feet, and have kept it up as a sign of subjection 
to the ruling Manchus. In the 1911 revolution the 
Manchus were dethroned and the Chinese at once re- 
moved the restriction. They even passed a law that 
the girls should not have their feet bound. Wherever 
the people want to obey the law, they do not bind feet, 
but the custom had become so firmly fixed that in many 
places they are slow to give it up. 

McPherson, Kaus. 



" Does the Prayer Meeting Pay? " 

BY NELLIE BECHTELHKIMER 

If we were to judge by the small number who us- 
ually attend prayer meeting, we might be nearer right 
to conclude that it does not pay to have a weekly 
circle of prayer. 

\\"e are told of a man who, in attempting to start a 
prayer meeting, met alone for three weeks, until others 
finally joined him. A live prayer meeting resulted. 
Then think of those who met in the upper room and 
there continued for ten days. No wonder there was 
a great Pentecostal outpouring ! 

"The prayer meeting is the pulse of the church," 
some one has said. Does it ever run below normal, or 
is it in a flourishing and healthy condition, my brother? 

Christ's promise to his followers reads like this: 
"If two of you shall agree on earth as touching any- 
thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of 
my Father which is in heaven." He knew that some 
things could not be accomplished save through united 
prayer, but he also knew how often we would try in 



our own strength. Yes, many loads are too heavy for 
us to lift alone, but he has promised^his help and why 
do we not believe his promise? 

Prayer should hold a larger place in the life of all. 
\VIiether we know it or not, our real power in our 
homes, the church, the community, and the world, is 
measured by our prayer Hfe. If, business conies first, 
and then the prayer meeting, I am sure it can be plain- 
ly seen winch means most to us. 

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his right- 
eousness and all these things shall be added unto you." 
Does that mean we have found all there is to find, when 
we came into the church and we need not seek any 
longer? Candidly, are we not often too busy to pray? 
Clirist, the Greatest Man w-ho ever lived, — and the 
busiest, too, — took time to pray and made it come first. 
It was said of him, " And in the morning, a great 
while before day, he rose up and went out and depart- 
ed into a desert place and there prayed." Of course, 
that was secret prayer, but he was found praying.with 
others, at other times, and teaching them how to pray. 

Let us see what some of the possibilities and bene- 
fits of a prayer meeting are: We may offer our praise 
for special blessings as well as the more common ones. 
And since prayer enables us to accomplish things for 
the Lord, we may properly ask him for help. At the 
prayer meeting we fin4_ rest for our souls and thus 
prayer not only becomes a means of encouragement 
and inspiration to us but our faith is increased. 

The prayer meeting is a place of spiritual develop- 
ment, where we may learn how to pray and testify, as 
opportunity is given. 'We. w'ill get better acquainted 
with God and his believers, by the real heart touches 
there experienced. Such a meeting helps also the pas- 
tor, for he not only feels that the members express by 
word that they will stand by him, but are back of him 
with their prayers. 

In conclusion I quote Heb. 10: 25: "Not forsak- 
ing the assembling together as the custom of some is 
but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as 
ye see the day drawing nigh." May this be a mighty 
call to us! Let us gladly spend one hour each week 
in the prayer meeting! Let us go with our Bible, a 
prayer and a song, to make it a real uplift to others' 
and to accomplish something for our Blessed Master! 

Flora, hid. ^_^^^,^^_^_ 

** Cheap " 

BY E. F. SHERFY 

One day, while poring over school-books, a knock 
was heard at the school-house door. The teacher went 
to the door. Then the visitor was allowed to .step in- 
side and make his announcement. Though it has been 
a score of years ago, when the writer was but a boy, 
he well remembers how that rather gray-bearded man 
announced that he had permission of the school board 
to give an " illustrated lecture " that night. Just what 
an " illustrated lecture " w-as, we boys, in cowhide 
boots and overalls, did not know, but there were at 
least two things which caused each young fellow to 
ask parental consent to " go " : Firsl, it was something 
new; second, it was " free." 

Well, some of us, in our early teens, were " ma- 
tured " enough to be allowed to go out from the pa- 
rental roof, that night, to " see " and " hear." And sure 
as anything we went. When we arrived, only one 
lamp was lit; the house was not uncomfortably warm 
and the floor was not as clean as it might have been. 

Presently the " lecturer " came. Under his arm he 
carried three or four big rolled-up wall pictures, w^ith 
which he expected to illustrate his lecture. But how 
could he give such a lecture without lights? Of course 
he could not, but he coidd and did proceed to give an 
impromptu verbal lecture, then and there, — but of 
course not exactly on the subject announced. 

He began something like this: " If this were to have 
been a paid lecture, the house would have been heated 
and the lamps would have been washed, filled, trimmed 
and burning; but since it is fi 
and hence not worth a little 
for it." 

I do not remember w hat n 
member that while the " real 
not " cheap." His power of description and h 
tures, as he described the awful Andersonville prison 



of the Civil War (the subject of his lecture) thrilled 
my boyish heart; and as evidence of the real worth 
of his lecture he was able to sell dozens of the books 
which described the prison more completely than he 
was able to do in one short lecture. And, incidentally, 
I might state that it was by the sale of these books, 
of w hich he was the author, that he made his way. So 
while it was all free, it was not cheap. 

Salvation is free, but it is not cheap. The services 
and rites of the church are free, but dare we say they 
are cheap? Those who have no money may come and 
" buy wine and milk without money and without 
price." The best that God has to give, — air and water 
and sunshine and his love and grace, — all is free but 
is anything else but cheap. 

There are some things which pain my heart. Here 
is one: The ministry of the Gospel in the Brethren 
church has been " free," and far too many seem to 
regard it as being "cheap." Why? I think that old 
lecturer wias psychologically right when he stated that 
fundamental principle, i. e., that a thing which is free 
is by many regarded as being cheap. Brethren, the 
very fact that our self-sacrificing fathers in the minis- 
try have been big-hearted enough to give their serv- 
ices free, has tended to make the ministry cheap in the 
minds of the laity. 

Oh, dear laity, it is just now on my heart to say that 
a thing may be free to you or me, but it may have 
cost somebody a big price. Those sermons of our 
fathers, which stirred our souls, cost much in prayers 
and tears and heartaches and time and money. Some- 
body paid the price, even if you or I go " scot-free." 
And even today we have big-hearted brethren and 
tlieir noble companions, who are serving the church 
and not getting a cent out of it. And you go on re- 
joicing that the Gospel is free! It may be free but 
is this fair? 

Such preaching of the Gospel is free about like a 
pair of overshoes I once came into possession of. The 
man who wanted to make me a present of the shoes 
said, " They don't cost anything here." Of course, 
I knew they did cost in that store, but the difference 
was that some one else paid the cost. Just so in this 
case. If you or I go free, some one pays the price 
for us ; and some of us know that a sermon that is 
worthy of being called a sermon, always costs some 
thought, groanings, prayers, and tears, and if a man 
counts his time and training anything, not less than 
two to five dollars cash ; but for all that, there are 
many self-sacrificing brethren w^ho are willing to do 
it just as long as they can, and " make ends meet." 
But after they have done all that, — besides having car- 
ried a double load (half of which the laity should 
have carried) just to give the Gospel free, — such 
" freeness " may be considered cheap. Such heartless- 
ness has hurt many a. poor preacher to the quick, — yes, 
and what is more, his self-sacrificing wife. 
^'Dear brethren and sisters, I have no ax to grind in 
writing this ; for the congregation for which I now^ 
labor does not ask me to carry the whole load. But 
having had some experience in the past, my heart goes 
out -in sympatliy for those who are perhaps turning 
down other offers, just to stay by a post of duty be- 
cause it is a needy point. They are doing so without 
money and without price and yet are, by some, I fear, 
considered cheap. 

I am rightly proud of our dear old church. I praise 
God that she has been so big-hearted that the poorest 
among the poor can enjoy the wealth of the Kingdom 
among us, and if such a one hasn't a cent to pay to- 
wards church expenses, he gets it all free and freely. 
Praise God for this! But let us never be guilty of 
holding the church or any part of her ministration as 
being cheap, even though it may seem free. 

Mcpherson, Kans. 



i considered cheap, 
effort to get ready 



re he said, but I do re- 
lecture was free, it was 



Christians 

BY LEANDER SMITH 

The word " Christian" is found only three times in 
the New Testament : " And the disciples were called 
Christians first in Antioch " (Acts 11 : 26) ; " Yet if a 
man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed " (1 
Peter 4: 16) ; "Almost thou persuadest me to be a 
Christian" (Acts 26: 28). 

The disciples and followers of Christ were first 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1917 



called Christians at Antioch, A. D. 42. They distin- 
guished themselves in the most remarkable manner by 
their conduct and virtues. The faithful converts 
Iiearkened attentively to the exhortations of the 
apostles, who failed not. carefully to instruct them as 
persons who were entering upon an entirely new life.' 
They attended the temple services daily, waiting 
upon the Lord in the use of his appointed means. 
They made a still greater progress in true devotion, for 
they sold all that they possessed, and distributed their 
goods to the wants of their brethren. The primitive 
Christians were not only remarkable for the consist- 
ency of their conduct, but were also eminently distin- 
guished by the many miraculous gifts and graces, be- 
stowed by their Heavenly Father upon them. 

Christians may be considered in two classes, — nomi- 
nal and real : ■ 

1. Of nominal Christians vast numbers are called 
Christians, — not because they possess any love for 
Christ, but because they happen to be born in what is 
called a Christian country. They are called Christians 
because they are educated by Giristian parents and 
sometimes attend Christian worship. There are also 
many whose minds are well informed respecting the 
Qiristian system, who prefer it to every other, and who 
make an open profession of it, and yet, after all, feel 
but little of the real power of Christianity. 

2. A real Christian is one whose understanding is 
enlightened by tlie influence of Divine Grace, who is 
convinced of the depravity of his nature, who sees his 
own inability to help himself, who is taught to behold 
God as the chief good, the I^rd Jesus as the only way 
to obtain felicity, and that the Holy Spirit is the Sov- 
ereign Medium of applying the blessings of the Gospel 
to his soul. His heart, is renovated and inclined to re- 
vere, honor, worship, trust in, and live for God. His 
affections are elevated above the world, and center in 
God alone. He embraces him as his portion, loves him 
supremely, and is zealous for the defense and support 
of his cause. His temper is regulated, his powers, 
aroused to vigorous action, his thoughts spiritual, and 
his general deportment amiable and uniform. 

To recapitulate, — the true Cliristian character ex- 
ceeds all others, as much as the blaze of the meridian 
sun outshines the feeble light of the glowworm. 

440 Fletcher Avetme, Miiscaiine, Iowa. 



Our New Graded Lessons and Religious 
Home Training of Children 

(Conihided from First Page) 

and seeking where to find adequate and definite help 
which they need. 

It has been this feeling which has prompted the 
authors of our new Graded Lesson Quarterly to 
grapple most earnestly with this problem. They have 
undertaken, with every lesson that is taught, to show 
the teacher of each class how to make suggestions to 
each pupil, to invite the help of father and mother. 
Each teacher is furthermore urged to make personal 
efforts to enlist the interest and help continually of 
every parent. This is to be done through personal in- 
terviews with the parents, through week-day meetings 
with the parents, or monthly parents' meetings, or at 
least occasional ones. 

Furthermore, primary teachers and superintendents 
of Primary Department, Home Department, and 
Cradle Roll Department are urged to work together in 
this matter. The concrete basis of the campaign will 
be to see that each parent is provided with the Graded 
Lesson Quarterly. This is not to be left to the volun- 
tary request of the parents themselves, but the Sunday- 
school workers, under the direction of the pastor, are 
to see that the interest and cooperation of every pos- 
sible home is secured. In cases where parents are will- 
ing to purchase their_own quarterly, if asked to do so, 
this method will probably be the best ; but where par- 
er.;-qt,'ie hesitant to do this, certainly the church or the 
Sunday-sehool'should see that it is done. In any case 
where tlie Sunday-school teachers and officers are de- 
linquent, some one who sees the need jnd feels the 
.value should personally interest himself sufficiently to 
see that all parents of primary pupils are supplied with 
quarterlies by a little personal work and a judicious use 
of a little of the Lord's money. 



With each home where there are primary children, 
thus supplied with the proper lesson helps and stimulus, ^ 
and direction through the quarterly, many homes will 
have all the help that is positively required. But there 
are other parents who will, even so, neglect the use of 
the quarterlies in the home teaching and training. 
These parents will need the added stimulus of the wise 
and persistently repeated efforts of the primary teacher 
under the judicious guidance of the primary superin- 
tendent. 

In otiier cases the pastor and, better yet, the pastor's 
wife, or the general superintendent, or some one whom 
he may influence, may undertake this work. In every 
Sunday-school it ought to be the one best qualified and 
most successful in securing such results. 

Finally, it may be confidently hoped that with the 
help now available through the Graded Lesson Quarter- 
ly and with some one personally and vitally interested 
and conscientiously persistent, the cooperation of most 
of the Christian homes may be secured. 

Of course, there will be some homes, — perhaps there 
wdll be many, some of them non-Christian, others al- 
most so, — in which all efforts will bring no results in 
this direction. Here it ought to be possible in every 
Sunday-school, for the Sunday-school teachers and 
officers, or the pastor of the church, to find some way 
of providing for the proper home study and direction 
of the children, so that they also may do something 
towards the carrying out of " The Home-Assignment " 
of each lesson. 

Think of what it would mean if, in every home, the 
child were encouraged to tell the Lesson-Story or to 
have it read to him, to have the Scriptural 
basis of the lesson read at family worship, and 
the story told there, to have the children at fam- 
ily worship to repeat the Memory-Verse or the 
. Golden Text of the Sunday before, and also to sing the 
Lesson-Songs which they have learned. In some of 
our homes this is already being done, with the result 
that the children are wonderfully interested personally 
in family worship, feeling that they have a vital part 
and can make a real contribution to it. Think, too,, 
how, in these homes, the children will raise questions, 
and will try to put into practice what they have been 
taught in Sunday-school, and will, over and over again, 
go through the Lesson-Pictures, and even in their play, 
will review, perhaps several times over, during the 
week, the lesson-narrative of the Sunday before. 

Suppose we could secure such organized, systematic, 
thorough-going, and continuous cooperation of the 
home with the Sunday-school, then, certainly, our 
children would learn many times as much of religion 
through the home training as they would get during the 
brief period of a few minutes once a week in Sunday- 
school. Surely we must organize these forces if ever 
we are going to have adequate religious training of our 
children, — for without doubt the most important part 
of religious training rests with the home. Therefore 
the Sunday-school and those responsible for the re- 
ligious life and training of the church must see to it 
that these forces ore set to work, for only when every 
day has its religious atmosphere and religious teaching 
and discipline, will religion pervade the entire life and 
spirit and conduct of the rising generation, a. c. w. 



Iicm at the church hetorc Ihey left at 11: 30 for Morrill, 
\ans., their next .place of work. It was a feast of good 
hings. Bro. Austin liad a message for every convert, 
•ach one's name behig menlioned, as well as many others. 
>istcr .'\\islin ^ave us a very feeling farewell message, and 
imid tcirs an, I many farewell %vords they left us. Long 
vill llieir iiilluence last among the people here. It is need- 
ess to add that wc arc all much strengthened. 

W. H. Millcr.- 
320 South Eighteenth, Independence, Kans., Dec. 12. 



A SHORT VISIT IN DENMARK 
Sonic time ago I promised Bro. Wine to be present at 
the dedication of their new chapel in Bcdsted. Less than a 
week before, I received a letter, stating that the dedication 
would take place Nov. S, and that I was expected to be 
present. It did not suit the writer so well, at the present 



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The chapel built by the members in the Thy congrega- 
tion is the first and only chapel in this promising little 
town,— Bcdsted. The town is practically new and in the 
fust stage of development. This neat building is not only a 
credit to the town, but to the Church of the Brethren in 
Denmark. It is well planned for Sunday-school work, 
which, in Denmark and Sweden, as well as in the Slates, 
is the nursery of tlie church. In llie Sunday-school chil- 
dren wc see the future Church of the Brethren. The dedi- 
cation was wrought with much interest, and a goodly num- 
ber of friends were present. 

The District Meeting, which con\'eu£d in the new chapel 
the day following the dedication, was no less interesting. 
We have been present at several District Meetings in Den- 
mark, but at no previous meeting was so great an interest 
manifested as at thia meeting. The members took hold 
of the work with a will, and while different views were 
presented, the decisions were practically unanimous. Char- 
ity toward each other was the prevailing feature of the 
meeting. 

May the Lord give Bro. Wine wisdom and strength of 
body and mind, to be a great blessing to our work in this 
part of God's vineyard. J. F. Graybill. 

Malmo, Sweden. Nov. 13. 



1 church by Eld. W. F. Haynes, 
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CORRESPONDENCE 



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INDEPENDENCE, KANS., REVIVAL 
Bro. Oliver H. Austin and wife Hazel came 10 us Nov. 
21, and began one o( the most fruitful revivals ever hehl 
in the Independence church. From night to night the mes- 
sage was thundered from the pulpit and sung from the 
rostrum until the entire " west side " was stirred as never 
before. The Word, both from song and sermon, went to 
the heart, and hard hearts were melted and strong men 
and women trembled. Large crowds greeted the evangel- 
ists every night and intense interest prevailed. We had 
cottage prayer meetingsalmost e'very afternoon and per- 

Seventeen gained the victory through great struggles 
and were added to the church. Only one went elsewhere. 
They range in years from nine to seventy-two. One en- 
tire family of lour and another of three are now happy in 
their new-found joy. Many are still on the " border line." 
Brother and Sister .Austin are young and a power for good. 

Monday evening, Dec. 11, we had a farewell service for 



A MESSAGE FROM VIRDEN, ILLINOIS 

We have just had a feast of good things in our recent 
revival, held in the Virdci 
of Patterson, Cal. His sci 
icct, and practical. He was with us two weeks. Bro. 
Ilaynes and wife were recently called from California to 
Cerro Gordo, this State, to attend the funeral of Bro. 
Isaiah Wheeler, who dieiTso suddenly. During these meet- 
ings we had some extremely cold weather, which kept 
some in the country from attending. However, the meet- 
ing closed with a good interest. 

During the stay of Brother and Sister Haynes they made 
many friends, and we hope to have them with us again. 
While only one,— a sister,— was received into the church, 
we know-that seed was sown that will yet bear fruit. The 
sermon on "The Simple Life of the Christian" was lis- 
tened to with unusual inlerest, not only by our own people, , 
but by those belonging to other denominations. Said one. 
" That sermon I heard on Sunday morning, haunts me. I 
admire the simple life." 

I recall being at a dinner in New York, at one time, dur- 
ing which a remark was made by the president of a Bible 
School of that city. S.nid he: "The time has come when 
tlie churches will simply have to do something in the mat- 
ter of dress." This suggests the question whether the 
church has not the right to dictate as to the manner of 
dress. Certainly the world says what to wear, and her de- 
votees do not object, but submit. Has not the church the 
right to say what her people should wear? Shall we hold 
lo the principle of simplicity in dress, or shall we let the 
world step in? It has been said that if every one in Cali- 
fornia, voting, at the recent election, had voted his or her 
conviction, the State would have gone dry. Let us be firm 
on the simple life in dress! The moment wc become in- 
different, the world will step in. 

There arc a lot of people who need a church home where 
the simple life in dress is recognized. Our sisters some- 
times protest against the demands of the church, claiming 
that more is required of them than of the brethren. If we 
will examine the Scriptures we will find that God has more 
to say to woman about improper dress than he has to man. 
However, man has temptations in other respects, that, if 
yielded to, arc doubtless just as sinful in God's sight as 
worldly dress on the part of woman. To "lift up holy 
hands " means a clean life for man (1 Tim. 2: S). Our mis- 
sion is to reveal Christ to the world, and when we appear 
in worldly dress, we arc not revealing the Christ. Our 
bodies are temples for the indwelling of God through the 
Holy Spirit, therefore the outward appearance should be 
an exponent of the heart, in which the Spirit dwells. 

Dec. 25, Elizabeth Howe Brubaker. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1917 



THE ROUND TABLE 



Aspirations 

HY EZRA FLORY 

W'jL translate the words, read the history, and pass 
judgment upon the people of past generations. We 
doubtless miss much of the significance of their ideals 
which held them close to God. Read again the aspi- 
rations expressed in Psalms telling of the joy of wor- 
ship in tlie holy presence of God: 

" I was glad when they said unto me, 

Let us go unto the house of Jehovah." 
" Great is Jehovah, and greatly to be praised." 
" Glorious things are spoken of thee, 

O city of God." 
" Behold, how good and pleasant it is 

For brethren to dwell together in unity!" 
"How shall wc sing Jehovah's song 
In a foreign land? " 
As for us, we " look for a city whose builder and 
maker is God." With apocal}'ptic vision we see " the 
New Jerusalem come down out of heaven as a bride 
adorned for her husband." Is not this the source of 
the aspiratibns of the Christian? With many the ideal 
is centered in the church building or some similar 
elementary objective, as was the case with Israel. For 
such our solicitude is that tliey may be able to discern 
Girist beyond the tangible, seeing in spirit him who is 
Spirit, with us, in us and through us to his glor>', 
Chicago, 111. , ^. 

I Just Haven't the Time 

BY FRANK MUSSELMAN 
" For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof." 
How nice for us tliat God, in his grent wisdom, 
looked down through the ages and saw you and me in- 
the busy rush and roar of the nineteenth centur}', when 
the earth and the fulness thereof would be traveling at 
a tremendous speed ! How nice tliat lie looked forward 
to tlie a^e. now known as "the motor age," and knew 
that men, business, education, etc.. would be rushing on 
at a terrific rate! How wise that he foresaw all these 
things, and made our day twenty-four hours in length, 
— plenty long for all these things. 

Yet our own people, — God's own people, — repeat 
and repeat, " I haven't the time." God made the da}-, 
and the fulness thereof. He made a day that would 
be amply long for sleeping, eating and working. After 
these three were accomplished, he yet added a few 
hours for recreation. W'ell, well, how nice, that when 
even that has been accomplished, there are still hours, 
or at least an hour, left for him ! Many a precious 
hour that God gave us. to do some work for him, is 
wasted, and yet we say, " We didn't have time." 

How nicely the devil has made us believe we do not 
have time for the Lord's work! Man, in a day, has 
plenty of time to eat. sleep, play, and then has time to 
make a good living for the family. Probably he can 
lay up a little for a rainy day. Then, if we watch real 
closely, we see where God has given us ample time 
for his work. Here is the proof : 

Ask a person to take a class in the Home Depart- 
ment. " I haven't time," is the answer. Then gi\'e 
some other person S2 per day to teach a Home De- 
partment Class, and the first party gets quite dis- 
turbed. 

Ask a brother to walk three blocks and read to some 
crippled neighbor the fourteenth chapter of John, and 
you are met with the reply, " I haven't time." But let 
the grocer offer the same man twenty-five cents to de- 
liver a case of prunes, and the man has plenty of time. 
Ask a sister to visit three homes per hour, during 
an hour's spare time, on three days per week, to teach 
the Home Department Qass, and you hear the same 
reply. But she would gladly answer an advertisement 
and in the spare time sell perfume, or soaps, in order 
to get a subscription to some worthless paper. 

We see many persons working on the farm, putting 
in an average day of fifteen hours, who give more time 
to the Lord than the person who works the ten hour 
day. Why is this? It is not a matter of time. It must 
be something else. God is rightfully entitled to one- 
tenth of the day. But, realty, don't you believe he 



would be greatly pleased if you would only give him 
one hour every day. or even thirty minutes? I believe 
many Christian people today would please and sur- 
prise God immensely were they to give him ten min- 
utes some rainy day. Try it ! God pays the highest 
salary for his work, — the surest wages, the largest in- 
terest, and the largest dividends. God never had a 
person work for him that failed to get his pay. God 
never cheated any one, and no one ever cheated God. 
We think sometimes we can shirk a little on God's 
work. No, man can not cheat God. " Whatsoever a 
man soweth, that shall he also reap." 
Kearney, Ncbr. 

Are They on the Way? 



BY M. M. ESHE 

Disciplinary famines were brought upon Abraham, 
who had to find food in Egypt, — then " the world " to 
him. Famine sent Isaac to Abimelech, in Gerar, — the 
Philistine. Famine caused Jacob's sons to go to Egypt 
for corn. It ended in a splendid discipline for those 
boys. The famine was sore, and the discipline severe, 
but it resulted in a fine reformation to the hungry 
ones. Want of food put Elimelech and Naomi into 
the country of Lot, — that of the Moabites, — and ended 
in a Ruth for God. David, for cliastisement, chose 
three days' pestilence rather than seven years' famine 
(2 Sam. 24: 13). 

In the light of discipline, how about Rev. 6:6? 
Shall the nations escape the discipline because we all 
think " we are so good," that Jehovah will not disci- 
pline us? Does not our God inform the people of this 
earth tliat there was a voice heard right " in the 
midst" of the Four Beasts? — in the four Gentile 
world-systems? What did the voice ciy? " A meas- 
ure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of bar- 
ley for a penny." When wheat goes up to $16 per 
bushel, and barley to $4 per bushel, will "times be 
good "? And can these prices be reached by one leap? 
Will they come gradually or little by little, until op- 
pression reaches tlie breaking or fulfilling point? Will 
severities go on forever or must they stop when " the 
cup is full "? 

And now comes our dear President, advising the 
farmers to grow more produce, until it becomes 
so abundant that prices must recede. 

\\' ill farmers cast off all selfishness and grow treble 
the amount, so as to reduce the prices? Will there be 
more and more leather, to prevent shoes reaching $15 
to $20 per pair? Will the sugar manufacturers make 
more sugar, so that prices will recede to a reasonable 
level? Will potato jobbers quit dumping potatoes, by 
car loads, into rivers and harbors, to bring prices to 
a proper level for the poor? 

Was not that voice heard among the " four beasts," 
which are symbols of Gentile powers, and not of 
Israel? Will not Gentile world-powers put up the 
prices? Are they not now doing it? Is it not true 
that at this time it takes one dollar to purchase what 
sixty-five cents purchased one year ago? Do you, 
dear disciples, see the trend toward Rev. 6:6? Does 
not the present commercial greediness mean the ap- 
proach to Scriptural fulfillment? Does not greediness 
of gain lead other hurtful activities to mankind? 

What would you look for, as leading into great fam- 
ine? What kind of prices would have to precede a 
famine? Is it considered strange and improbable that 
in these days, when the return of the Lord in glory is 
near, " men's hearts " are " failing them for fear, and 
for looking after those tilings which are coming on 
the earth, for the power of heaven shall be shaken " 
(Luke 21: 26)? 

Why should conditions, described in 2 Tim. 3: 1-4; 
2 Peter 2: 1-19; Jude 4, 8, 11, 13 not have reached 
their activities? The same Lord who provided that 
the Gospel of the kingdom (Matt. 24: 14) should be 
preached " in all the world for a witness unto all the 
nations, and then shall the end come," also provided for 
his judgments and corrections. In order to defeat 
" Satan's works," his messengers will run through all 
the earth. These should be known in wars, famines, 
plagues and pestilences. Marvel not if these are close 
at hand (Matt. 24: 4-33, Rev. 7 to 19). 

What wonderful opportunities are now open for 
ministers, the press, and, in fact, every one, to lead 



people into greater preparation for the most beautiful, 
most pure, and the most enjoyable age, just about to 
open to them ! All is open to those who are willing to 
believe Jesus! Explaining away the signs of Christ's 
early arrival helps no one. It only leads into denser 
unbelief. 

To point to the early coming of Christ,— as unher- 
alded as any mystery can be, save as the predictive 
voice of Jehovah announces it, — as leading to lasting 
joys, why should not the press and the pulpit resound 
with the hundreds of promises of Jesus' coming? 
Why not pass into the " raptures " of a near arrival 
of universal peace, as Jesus alone can bring it to man- 
kind? High-priced wheat, expensive meat, more cost- 
ly body and foot coverings, high prices of necessities, 
etc., are but blessed signs of a sudden stoppage of 
terrible sins, — of bloodshed, ear amputations, burn- 
ing of women, destruction of cities and towns by dyna- 
mite, sinking of ships, butchering of humanity, and 
the most fearful ravages of bullets, swords, and hatred. 
Think ! Will you stop long enough to ponder and fear 
God? Do you refuse the disciplinary testings at your 
door? Will you let them have place in your life? 

God is letting them come! By his permissive will 
they are beginning to run over the earth. Fighting 
them heals nothing? False doctrines will not keep 
them away. Unsecure security can avail nothing. 

Tropica, Cat. ^ ^ ^ 

The Odor of Good Deeds 

BY JNO. S. FLORY 

The story of the anointing at Bethany is one of the 
most beautiful experiences in the life of Jesus. While 
the Jews were plotting against his life, and laying plans 
to seize him, he came to the home of his friends in 
Bethany. Here was performed an act of such loving 
service that its sweet fragrance has come down through 
jthe centuries to us. 

In this godly home Christ had frequently been an. 
honored guest. Here, at least, his words of wisdom 
and comfort were appreciated and heeded. Here the 
Master found companionship that cons(^led and re- 
freshed him. Now that his time had almost come, he 
doubtless felt especially the need of the sympathy that 
these associations supplied. 

A supper was prepared, at which Jesus was the guest 
of honor. His friend Lazarus, whom he had called 
forth from the grave a few weeks before, reclined at 
the table with him. From Mark's account it seems 
probable that Simon, who had once been a leper, but 
had been cleansed by Jesus, was also there. Thus Jesus 
was surrounded by his friends who appreciated him 
and who had received his benefactions. 

Martha, the practical, business-like house wife, 
served the supper. Mary, her younger sister, who had 
chosen the good part which should not be taken away 
from her, had her usual position at Jesus' feet. I im- 
agine that the conversation was of things heavenly. 
What treasures of truth did not the Master have for all 
occasions ! What wonders could Lazarus relate after 
his four days' sojourn in the spirit world! And even 
Simon might discourse eloquently about the raptures 
enjoyed, on being cured of a loathsome and incurable 
disease by the omnipotent hand of Jesus. 

As the banquet proceeded and the conversation grew 
more heavenly, the tender heart of Mary became too 
full to be contained. She brought the alabaster box, or 
vase, filled with pure nard, and poured it over the feet 
of Jesus; then proceeded to wipe them dry with the 
hair of her head. She used the most precious and cost- 
ly substance at her command to honor her Lord. And 
she dedicated the chief glory of a woman, — her hair, — 
to the same service. 

The sweet odor of the precious ointment arose like 
incense, and filled not only the room, but the whole 
house. I fancy that the very atmosphere of that home 
was saturated with the perfume of heaven. And what 
made it so? The unselfish performance of a Jovi^g 
deed. 

No matter that Judas interposed an objection. The 
Master commended the act, and declared that " whcr'i- 
soever the gospel shall be preached throughout the 
whole world, that also which this woman hath done 
shall be spoken of for a memorial of her." And it has 
been so. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1917 



The act seemed a small one in itself. And so it was. 
But it was great in significance, great in motive, great 
in purpose. It was great in what it implied,— true, lov- 
ing service to the Master. 

But this is the type of service that Jesus wants. He 
remembers our little acts of love, even to the giving of 
a cup of cold water. The widow that cost in the two 
mites gave more than all the rest. Fortunately Christ 
does not demand great deeds from us, — such as only 
the exceptional few can perform. The kind, unselfish 
act, that is prompted by a heart of love and helpfulness, 
— this is, in his sight, of great price. 

There is such a sweet fragrance about this story that 
it seems as i^ the odor of Mary's nard still clings to it. 
And what an epitaph Christ pronounced upon her for 
this deed. Mary and her kind act are to be remembered 
wherever the Gospel Message is carried throughout the 
world, and for all time. Shakespeare has said truly. 
" So shines a good deed in a naughty world." 

And the comforting thing about this whole story is 
that every one can be a Mary. 

" Little deeds of kindness^ 
Little words of love, 
Make our earth an Eden 
Like the heaven above." 
Bridgewater, Va. 



The Mary Quinter Hospital in India 

BY MARY POLK ELLENEERGER 

Bro. W. R, Miller and wife have been giving their 
splendid illustrated lectures at North Bethel recently. 
We have never had anything in the way of missionary 
sermons, equal to those preached from the silent screen 
before us, and made stronger still by Bro. Miller's 
earnest appeals for heathendom. 

While watching and listening, " My heart was hot 
within me, while I was musing the fire burned ; then 
spake I with my tongue" (pen). My heart was hot 
with indignation, sorrow and pity. It burned with the 
desire to help them in some way, somehow ! It was hot 
with remorse for, along with millions of others, I have 
not done what I could. It burned with a high resolve 
to find a way to help and to aid effectually. 

A Parable. — There were two brothers, sons of a 
nobleman whose wealth was beyond computation. One 
son was handsome of person, possessed of all his pow- 
ers and endowed with a strong personality and great 
resourcefulness. His fine intellect and well-poised 
temperament made of him, — it seemed to the father, — 
a proper guardian for the weaker brother, who not only 
lacked the fine attributes of the more fortunate brother, 
but was blind, deaf, and incapable in many ways. 

For some unknown reason, — for we know that his 
father loved him, — the inferior brother lived far away 
across the sea from where the strong, capable son dwelt. 
Ignorant alike of his relationship to his father and 
brother, and of the wealth to which he was a rightful 
heir, he groveled in poverty, ignorance and vice. He 
suffered in helpless, hopeless misery. Superstition and 
idolatry held him enslaved. He did not even know that 
he possessed a soul. The father went to a far country, 
but before going he entrusted all to the strong son upon 
whom he showered countless blessings, and especially 
commissioned him to care for his blind, deaf, weak 
brother, and to teach him the way of life, to bathe him 
with the living water that he might see and hear. He 
left the price within his hand. 

The fortunate brother grew in wealth and power and 
knowledge. He is happy; sometimes he has uneasy 
qualms of conscience when he remembers his helpless, 
degenerate brother across the sea. For he withheld his 
lawful inheritance; he did not pay the price that he 
might see and- hear. He kept it all, and hardened his 
heart. He does not now allow himself to think about 
it, but goes on enjoying that which is rightfully his 
brother's. 

Into how tiiany faces might the finger of scorn be 
pointed, and how many heads should droop under the 
scathing words of condemnation, " Thou art the man 
or woman " ? 

Who of us have actually sacrificed our own comfort 

that we might deliver the message entrusted to us, or 

to help others to carry the glad news, and to relieve the 

terrible sufferings of our heathen brothers and sisters? 

How have we responded to the Psalmist's adjuration. 



" Sing unto the Lord, bless his name ; shew forth his 
salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among 
the heathen, his wonders among all people "? 

Why does the man worth fitly thousand dollars quiet 
his conscience by giving a dollar to missions, when he 
owes five thousand dollars by right? Why does the 
man, worth seventy-five thousand dollars, generously 
measure his offering by that of his homeless pastor? 
Why do we forget to give at all until some unusual 
event occurs, or until we are reminded to do so? Why 
not pay God's part without cavil or question, and then 
ijive some of our part gladly and cheerfully? 

Can we be honest with God, ourselves, and with our 
blind and helpless brother, and give less than one- 
tenth of our income? 

The rich young man turned sorrowfully away when 
he was asked for all. How many men and women have 
turned sorrowfully away since that memorable day, 
at the thought of returning tlie tenth of their income? 
Is it too much to ask such ah exercise of faith as that, 
— to trust God with one's own? 

Oh, that these stony, selfish hearts of ours might be 
melted and consecrated to his service, with all that we 
have and are ! May much of the surplus wealth, spent 
with such a lavish hand, be poured into the coffers of 
the Lord, that the blind may see and the deaf hear, and 
the dumb be made to speak and to sing the new songl 
May we more perfectly learn the meaning of the law 
of " thine not' mine, oh, Lord." Oh women of Amer- 
ica, what have we done? What are we doing? Wc 
have committed a crime against the innocents, and we 
are perpetuating that crime by our selfishness and in- 
difference. Robbing the helpless, ignorant and blind, 
we sit supinely by, loved, sheltered and honored in this 
beautiful blessed land, while our sisters, our little blind 
sisters, are suffering the woes of degradation, and dy- 
ing in darkness and sin. And the few brave men and 
women fight on and on, in need of our love, prayers 
and financial assistance. Yet we harden our hearts and 
turn deaf ears to the wailing cries that should break 
up the fountain of our emotions and melt us to tears, 
— and to action. Sister Barbara Nickey is trusting us. 
She is reaching out her hands.— such small, capable 
hands,— to her white sisters across the sea, for help in 
her grand work,— that of relieving the dark women 
and children of their horrible suffering. 

How may she more surely teach them the beauties 
of Qiristianity and its desirableness, than by demon- 
strating it by acts of love, mercy and healing? Are we 
going to her rescue? Or are her hands to be with- 
drawn, chilled and empty? Are we to help to break her 
heart, already so full of sorrow over the terrible con- 
ditions always in her sight, by cold neglect, indiffer- 
ence and stinginess, or are we going to put new 
strength and courage into her soul, because she knows 
that across the waters, in her dear homeland, the hearts 
of her sisters have warmed to her task, anxious to help? 
What a wonderful Christmas gift it would be to our 
India field, to get together and work for the suffering 
women and children of India ! Do it today, give free- 
ly ! How little it would cost each one, if a// would 
come to the rescue I Mary Quintef gave her life, — 
Barbara Nickey is giving hers. What shall we give? 

" Greater love hath no man than this that he die for 
his friends." We especially plead with the " Organ- 
ized Mothers and Daughters of Northern Missouri 
District." Do what you can. do all you can 1 Take the 
work seriously and give until your consciences applaud 
your gifts. And with your offering give your prayers 
for tlie "Mary Quinter Memorial Hospital,"— for 
Barbara Nickey whose soul is in the work, and for the 
souls of the dark women and children, that they may 
be healed by the power of the Great Healer. 
Mound City, Mo. 

Childhood and Old Age 

BY J. D. HAUGHTELIN 

In a very peculiar manner my mind was, recently, 
called to the first fourteen years of my recollection, 
and the fourteen years last past. The actual duration 
of fourteen years in childhood and old age. we all 
know, are the same, but, apparently, the former is 
much longer. The inspired writers of the Bible give 
us some impressive lessons, showing the brevity of this 
life. The most patient man exclaims, " remember 



that my life is wind" (Job 7: 7). Webster defines 
wind, " A current of air." Every breath is " a current 
of air," inhaled into the lungs, giving its life-sustain- 
ing power and, exhaled, carrying off the accumulating 
poisons of the system. When the breath stops, this 
life ends. It is very uncertain. Any one breath may 
be the last. Well could that noted Bible character say, 
" My life is wind." 

Again he says, " Man that is born of a woman is of 
few days, ... he fleeth also as a shadow, and contin- 
ueth not" (Job 14: 1, 2).' Though a man live to the 
age of four score years, Job compresses it into " a few 
days." Though a shadow may have some resemblance 
to the body that cast it, yet it continueth not. 

The Psalmist says, " My days are like a shadow " 
(Psa. 102: II). There are others, but we want to no- 
tice some New Testament writers on this subject. 

In James 1 : 10 we read, " As the flower of the grass 
he shall pass away." Also in 4 : 14, " For what is your 
life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little 
time, and then vanisheth away." In 1 Peter 1 : 24 we 
read, " All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man 
as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the 
flower thereof falleth away." 

' To a child, days, months and years seen? very long. 
The life-time of an octogenarian seems td\ ach back 
to ancient times. He can't grasp the force ol the meta- 
phors, — grass, flowers, vapor, shadow, etc.,— excepting 
as figures of speech. 

Though all matured, normal people believe in eter- 
nity, in some sense, yet the finite mind can not grasp 
infinity. We all know that space and duration are in- 
finite. We are familiar with a small portion of both. 
We look at stars that are untold,— almost incomput- 
able—millions of miles from us. We know that those 
distant stars are no nearer the limit of space than wc 
are, who are in the center of space, for it is equi-dis- 
tant, — infinite, — all around us. Incomprehensible I 

" When we've been there ten thousand years. 
Bright shining as the sun. 

days to sing God's praise. 



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We all believe the thought of the poet, but who can 
comprehend how ten thousand years (much longer than 
the time since Adam was placed in the Garden of 
Eden), can not diminish Ihe length of eternity? Echo 
says, " Who canf" 

It is grand that in old age we can know that though, 
with us, soon there, will " be lime no longer," we can 
have the prospect of a glorious eternity before us. 

Panora, Iowa. 



PRAYER MEETING 



Discipleship Means Service 

Matt. 20: 20-28 
For Week Beginning Jaunary 14, 1917 

1. Before Approval and Honor There Must Be Service. 
— God knows, as wc know, that there is very little real joy 
in getting sonietliing for nothing, and so he surrounds 
everything with conditions. All his promises hinge upon 
conditions that must be fulfilled. Evidently the Father 
Heart of God is fully aware of the (act that we will gain as 
much satisfaction from the labor and struggle and triumph 
of fulfilling the conditions, as from the reward itself. 
Christ, therefore, tells his disciples that if they would be 
great, they must " minister," — that before the triumph of 
heaven must conic the cup and baptism of sacrifice (John 
13: 35; Acts 9: 36; Rom. IS: 1-3: Col. 3: 12-IS: Jas. 2: 14- 
22; 2 Peter I: 5-9; 1 Cor. 14: 12). 

2, We Must Pay the Price of Attaining Efficiency in the 
Lord's Work. — Diligence and earnest application are abso- 



tials 



ake 



Not many are willing to pay the price of supreme exce'- 
lence in the tasks the Master has assigned to his faithlul 
helpers. They will not take the enormous pains that are 
necessary for the best results. There must be a constant 
enlargement of our ideals, and then a determined and pro- 
gressive realization of the ideal thus formed. Only by 
careful, persevering, painstaking examination and study can 
we reach a definite comprehension of just what Christ 
would do, were he here in our place today. We must 
transpose the melody of his life into the key of our own 
time without impairing its beauty. Only thus can we be 
true representatives of Christ in the great world field, fullv 
demonstrating that faithful service is the prelude to glori- 
ous exaltation in the world beyond (1 Cor, IS: 58: Gal. 4: 
18: 6: 9; Philpp. 2: 15; Col. 4: 5: James S: 19, 20: Prov. U: 
30). 



AMONG THE CHURCHES 



Gains for the Kingdom 
c baptized recently in the Kingsley 

■ baptized in the South Beatrice chnrch 

received into fellowship in the Warn 



H. Austin, of McPhc 



church, Mo., Dec. 22. 

One has been baptized 
Big Creek church, Okla, 



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3. A. P. 
Ephi 



Elsewhere in This Issue 
Members of the District of Idaho and Western Mon- 
tana will please note the announcement by Bro. E. B. 
eptcd Christ during the meetings Sargent, among the Idaho notes. 

Oliver On page 14 we publish a notice by Bro. Levi K. Ziegler, 

concerning train service to Shamokin, Pa., for those who 
contemplate to attend the dedication services of the new 
church at that place. The notice reached us too late for 
) begin Jan. last issue. It will, however, reach most of the Pennsyl- 
vania readers in ample time for the meeting. 



ceplcd Christ in the Union Center 
ibcn Shroyer, of New Berlin, Ohio, 



nd Sis 
vangelists. 



Contemplated Meetings 
Snader, of New Windsor, I/. 
;a. Pa. 



Snadei 



W. 1". Hayne: 






111,,— Bro. 



Panther Creek church. 111. 

One was baptized at Denton, 
of New Windsor, evangelist. 

One was baptized at Virdcn, 
of Patterson, Cal, evangelist. 

Two have been baptized since 
First Church, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Sixteen confessed Christ at Mount Me 
I. R. Beery, of Lanark, 111., evangchst. 

Six- were baptized in the Mohican church, Ohio,— Bro. 
A. H. Miller, of Louisville, Ohio, evangelist. 

Five confessed Christ at York, Pa.,— Bro. Wm. K. 
Conner, of Harrisburg, same State, evangelist. 

Fifty-four were baptized at Ping Ting Hsien, China. 
Nov. 18, after ample preparatory instruction. , 

Three were baptized in the Mt. Carroll church. 111.,— 
Bro. Frank Sargent, of Chicago, 111., evangelist. 

Two accepted Christ in the Troutville church, Va.,— 
Bro. Levi Garst, of Salem, same State, evangelist. 

Three were baptized on Sunday, Dec. 24, in the Spring- 
field Citv Mission, Ohio, as a result of recent meetings. 

One was baptized in the North Star church, Ohio,— 
Bro. J. L. Guthrie, of Upper Sandusky, same State, evan- 
gelist. 

Three were baptized in the Panther Creek church, Iowa, 
—Bro. W. D. Grove, of South English, same State, evan- 
gelist. 

Two were baptized in the Lower Deer Creek church, 
Ind.,— Bro. J. K. Eikenbcrry, of Mexico, same State, evan- 
gelist. 

One confessed Christ in the East Fairview church. Pa., 
— Bro. -Amos Kuhns, of Union Deposit, same State, evan- 
gelist. 

nfessed Christ in the Wc 
J. Burger, of Howe, ! 



to begin 



J. L. Guthrie, of Upper Sandusky, Ohi< 
about Jan. 8 at Hicksville, same Stale. 

Bro. C. B. Smith, of Morrill, Kans., to begin during 
February in the Long Beach church, Cal. 

Bro. J. W. Miller, of Singers Glen, Va., to begin during 
Mav in the Sangerville church, same State. 

Bro. J. C. Inman, pastor of the Springfield City Mis- 
sion, Ohio, to begin Jan. 7 in the home church. 

Bro. S. A. Blessing, of West Milton, Ohio, to begin 
Ian. 6 in the Middle District church, same State. 

Bro. E. O. Norris, of Ingalls, Ind., to begin Jan. 3 at 
the Antioch house, Killbuck congregation, Ind. 

Bro. D. E. Sowers, of Scottville, Mich., to begin the 
latter part of March in the Hart church, same Stale. 

Bro. Chas. D. Bonsack. of New Windsor, Md., to be- 
gin Jan. 28 in the Walnut Grove house, Johnstown, Pa. 



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Bro. C. C. Cripe, pastor of that church, in charge of tli 
meetings. 

Seven were baptized in the County Line church, Ohio,- 
Brother and Sister J. F. Appleman, of Nappauee, Ind 
evangelists. 

One accepted Christ and two were reclaimed in th 
Forest Chapel. Va.,— Bro. B. B. Garber, of Wayiicsborc 
Va., evangelist. 

Eleven were baptized and one awaits the rite in the 
Falling Spring church. Pa.,— Bro. C. D. Bonsack, of New 
Windsor, Md., evangelist. 

One was baptized and another awaits the rite in the 
Shepherd church. Mich.,— Bro. C. H. Deardorff, of Clarks- 
ville, same State, evangelist. 

Nine stood for. Christ and two were reclaimed in the 
West Greentree church. Pa.,— Bro, Henry Hollingcr, of 
AnnviUe, same State, evangelist. 

Three confessed Christ and one was restored in the 
Black Swamp church, Ohio,— Bro. C. W. Slulzman, of 
Metamora. same State, evangelist. 

Thirty-one were baptized and two reclaimed in the 
Brookville church, Ohio,— Bro. J. W. Fidl'er, elder of that 
church, being in charge of the services. 

Three were baptized, one awaits the rite and one was 
reclaimed in the Snake Spring church. Pa.,— Bro. M. R. 
Brumbaugh, of Henrietta. Pa., evangelist. 

One has accepted Christ since the brethren from the 
Maiden Creek church. Pa., began preaching in the "Third 
I'ennsylvania State Sanatorium for Tuberculosis/' located 
within the bounds of that church. 

Ninety-two confessed Christ, seventy-eight of whom 
have been baptized, eight restored and others await bap- 
tism in the Hagerstown church, Md.,— Bro. Geo. W. 
Flory, of Covington, Ohio, evangelist. 

Meetings in Progress 

Bro. L. H. Eby, of Payette, Idaho, in the Weiser 
church, same State. 

Bro. Moyne Landis, of Sidney, Ind., in the West Eel 
River church, same State. 

Bro. Chas. Oberlin, of Logansport, Ind., in the Wood- 
land Village church, Mich. 

At last report, Bro. C. P. Rowland, of Lanark, III., was 
in a meeting at Willow Springs, Mo. 



iiplctcd for her sailing from Vancouver, B. C. Jan. 26. 

Since leaving Los Angeles, Cal., on June 5 last, Bro. 
C. W. Guthrie and wife have traveled by automobile 
nearly four thousand miles. Bro. Guthrie held two series 
of meetings, preached fifty-three sermons and gave sev- 
enty lectures. During the winter they should be ad- 
dressed at Moatsvillc, W. Va. "wn affairs and ar 

We have just received the sad tidings of the death of little church grow 
Bro. J. J. Troxcl, who went to his reward Dec. 26. He 
was identified with the work of the Conway Springs 
church. Kans., as elder, for the last fifteen years, and well 
known in many of the western congregations. We hope 
to receive further particulars, concerning his life and la- 
bors, at an early date. 

Bro. D. L. Miller planned to close his interesting meet- 
ings at Raisin, Cal., on the last day of the old year, and 
then begin in the city of Fresno. He writes that he has 
been " greatly blessed of the Lord in improved health." 
Speaking of the new Almanac, he says: "It pleases me 
very much. It is a decided improvement. . . . You are 
making of it a live, wide-awake church book and that is 

In a personal communication Bro. C. D. Hylton, of 
Troutville, Va,, remarks that the year just closed has been 
the most encouraging in the evangelistic work of his life, 
and notes with pleasure the activity of other evengelists 
in winning souls for Christ He believes that wc are 
growing more rapidly now than since the Revolutionary 
War, Let us hope that he is right and, further, let us 
thank God and take courage. 

Mention was made last week of the departure from this 
life of Sister Hutchison, wife of Elder Andrew Hutchison, 
of Lordsburg, Cal. Bro. Hutchison is now planning, it 
the Lord wills, to attend the Wichita Conference, and, if 
his health continues as good as at present, will be in a 
position to labor among the churches in Kansas and else- 
where, after the middle of April. He prefers to limit 

his work to places near the Conference, until the first 

of June. Churches should make their, arrangements with 

Bro. Hutchison as early as possible. 

Bro. E. S. Young found it necessary to postpone some 

of the revival and Bible meetings tor which he had ar- 
ranged. With the family, in part, he is spending the 

winter months in California, expecting to return to Elgin 

in the spring. He has arranged for some meetings and 

Bible Institutes in the East next summer and fall and, we 

understand, can accommodate a few more churches at 

that time if they will confer v.ith him soon. Personal 

mail for Bro. Young should be addressed to him at Clare- 

mont, Cal. But Bible students and inquirers from the 

East and Middle West should address, as heretofore, 

Bible Students' League, Elgin, III. His office for Bible 

Correspondence work will be maintained at Elgin, and 

all inquiries concerning the two cours&s of study offered 

will be given prompt attention by the Secretary, Miss 
Margarite Young. 



Miscellaneous 

We acknowledge with thanks to Bro. I. W. Taylor, of 
Neffsville, Pa., the receipt of a copy of the Official Di- 
rectory of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania tor 1917. 
It is a neat and convenient manual of the organization 
and activities of the District. 

Everybody will rejoice to learn that an indebtedness of 
about $22,000, against Mt. Morris College, has been wiped 
out. This leaves the college free from debt, and the 
trustees are now planning to begin a thorough campaign 
for a $200,000 endowment, — the minimum sum required 
for a standard college. 

The Indian Creek church, Iowa, is without a minister 
at this time, their former pastor, Bro. A. W. Flory, hav- 
ing resigned from the work. Correspondence is invited 
from any of our ministers who may feel impressed to 
enter upon this opportunity of consecrated service. Ad- 
dress P. H. Enfield, Maxwell, Iowa, for further particulars. 

Dec. 17 the cornerstone for the new church at Altoona, 
Pa., was laid with an appropriate ceremony. Brethren 
I. Harvey Brumbaugh and W. J. Swigarl, of Huntingdon, 
same State, were in attendance. We are glad to learn 
that prospects for the future success of the church at 
that place are most promising. 

For some months past McPherson College has been 
waging a strenuous campaign to increase its endowment 
to $200,000 by Jan. 1, 1917, so as to meet the conditions 
necessary for maintaining its rank as a standard college. 
: glad to be informed, has been crowned" 
:ess, and a new era of prosperity and usefulness 

ng to the dedicatory services for the new church 

ig, Fla., of which Bro. Moore writes elsewhere 

sue, the Sebring "White Way" has this to say: 

e nothing but praises for these good people. . . . 

a people full of ambition, attend strictly to their 

irs and are progressive. . . . May they and their 

d prosper as such people deserve." 

ncmber that last summer, soon after 

the Winona Lake Conference, the residence of Bro. S. 

Z. Sharp, of Fruita, Colo., who had not yet returned 

home, was destroyed by fire. For more than three months 

Bro. Sharp has been busy building a new home, doing 

the framing, flooring, siding, and painting inside and out, 

all by himself. For a man past eighty-one years of age, 

we think this is doing quite well. 

For these opening days of the new year the following 
words of advice by Dr. Charles E. Barker, are most op- 
portune: "Be optimistic! Accept cheerfully your place 
in life! Do your work the best you know howl Be kind 
and courteous! Have trust and confidence in Godl" 
These words of the eminent medical practitioner may well 
be amplified by the still better advice of the Blessed Mas- 
ter: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his right- 
eousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." 
Bro. J. L. Switzer, of Carterville, Mo., thinks that if 
we would give heed to the repeated statements of Old 
Testament prophets, to the effect, that Jehovah 
raise up armies against Israel whi 



for the s 

Referri 

at Sebrh 






nation became 

moral condition of Euro- 

ations in the light of these statements, there need 

mystery about the cause of the Great War now 

raging. He further suggests, referring to the American 

people, that " it will be well for i;s if we profit by their 

example." 

Just now,— while the evenings are long and while the 
frigid weather of the North militates against outdoor 
work, — fine opportunities are presented for instructive 
reading. Our new Catalogue will help you in the selec- 
tion of good books. Every dollar that you invest in the 
enlargement of your library, will mean just that much 
added to your storehouse of knowledge. Our Book De- 
partment is willing, at all times, to consult with you, : 
to the selection of helpful books. Write 
pleasure in answering your questions. 

Messenger Renewals ^ . 

Those of our readers, who have so far failed to'^raLrv, 

their subscription to the Messenger and to make settle- 

:ir congregation, will 

possible. At points 

where we have no agent, each subscriber can remit his 

subscription direct to the House. We can not afford to 

lose a single member of our large Messenger family, and 

trust that we will be favored with all the renewals in 

the near future. 



take 



[ for the 



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The New Testament at a Discount 
Some months previous to the war, the Bishop of Oxford 
England, published a valuable expository work, in which h( 
referred to the Sermon on the Mount, and more particu. 
lady did he allude to the teachings of Chi 
the mutual relations of man to man. The volume 
the point,— too much so, in fact,— for it finally cam( 
the ban of the ever vigilant war censor. To his m 
book contained doctrines So perniciously opposed .„ ...^ 
well-being of Great Britain in this time of war, that he at 
once ordered the confiscation of any copies that might be 
seized. Considerable newspaper comment followed the in- 
cident, some even going so far as to suggest,— seriously or 
otherwise,— that the New Testament itself be censored as 
being "quite unfit for the patriotic times in which we live." 



nd the 



Armenian and Syrian Relief 
Latest advices from- Ambassador Elkus, at Constanti- 
nople, declare that fifty thousand deported Armenians are 
on the verge of starvation in the regions south, west and 
east of Aleppo. The relief needs at Aintab have also great- 
ly increased, since many refugees are escaping from the 
desert to that place. The relief work at Smyrna, Brousa 
and Constantinople will also require more funds each 
month. A special telegram states that this is a crucial 
time for many of the stricken people of Armenia and Syria. 
Strong pressure is brought to bear upon the refugees, to 
compel them to embrace the Mohammedan religion, on 
the plea that thus they can make sure of special support, 
thereby promised. Surely, it is a time of testing for these 
unfortunate ones! Will we help? Can we afford not to 

A Commendable Plan 

With the avowed purpose of constructing a prison 
-wholly free from the disease-breeding features, usually 
found in penal institutions, the State of Illinois is build- 
sing a new prison plant at Joliet. All the new and approved 
ideas in prison construction are embodied in the new 
^structure, but the chief feature is the very important one 
'Of not having a single cell without an abundant supply of 
■sunlight. In practically all other prisons that important 
ifactor of physical well-being has been ignored. In conse- 
'quence, there has been a fatal prevalence of tuberculosis 
and other diseases. Illinois' new prison is being built by 
the convicts themselves. It will be part of a prison farm 
of 2,200 acres, uppn which the prisoners will raise all need- 
ed produce for themselves and for some of the other State 

institutions. . 

Russia's Persecution of Mennonites 

Recent press reports describe the bitter persecution, now 
meted out to the Mennonites in Russia. These earnest 
and conscientious believers in Christ's teachings, — includ- 
ing the ten^t of non-resistance, — originally came from 
Germany, and have always been subjected to unjust dis- 
crimination by the Russian authorities. Had it not been 
that their industrious habits and their irreproachable moral 
qualities made them very desirable citizens, the hand of 
persecution might have been even more severe. At this 
time, when Russia is endeavoring to increase her armies 
to the fullest extent possible, the anti-war principles of the 

the 



Mennonites are naturally "a thorn in the flesh" 
military leaders, and we need not wonder that they are 
passing through a period of affliction, more bitter than 

ever before. ■ 

Mr. Edison's Testimony 
When asked by a minister, recently, as to best ways of 
avoiding temptation, the great expert of electrical marvels 
frankly confessed that he knew nothing about the matter. 
He said that during his long life he was never confronted 
by any situation, involving a violation of the moral code. 
Of course, the great inventor was not at a loss to give the 
reason for his remarkable exemption from temptations 



He 



ribed ; 



all 



the i 



devotion demanded by his perplexing acti 


ities, which left 


him no opportunity to let his min<J run i 


dangerous and 


forbidden paths. Incidentally, all of us ea 


1 get a splendid 


lesson from Mr, Edison's words, so far 


as warding oft 


temptations is concerned. We must get s 


thoroughly in 


earnest, m our Christian activities, that 


no time will be 


left for debasing or mischievous thoughts 





Crime Does Not Pay 
"Honesty is the best policy," — so runs an old adage, but 
one that is even more closely identified with actual facts 
than most people are ready to admit. Safe-blowers raid- 
ed an express office at Arkansas City, reoently, realizing 
but $17 for thch night's work. Deducting the cost of ex- 
plosives and other incidentals, the invaders made only 
about $5 each for their night of arduous toil.— all the while 
facing tne probability of being caught in the act, with the 
consequent penalty of a long term in prison. Of course, 
there are criminals who succeed in getting far larger sums 
than in the instance above referred to, but a close analysis 
of even the most favorable cases shows most conclusively 
that much larger pecuniary gains could have been realized 
by these men in the legitimate avenues of the industrial 
world. No matter how you figure the profit from crook- 



edness of any sort, it shows a big balance on tiie wrong 
side of the ledger. So much must be allowed for operat- 
ing expenses, that the hoped-for earnings are wiped out. 
Dishonesty may appeal to many a man as a short-cut to 
wealth,— far more alluring than the slow grind of 
everyday drudgery. Be it remembered, however, that, in 
the final summation of things, righteousness only will 



i the 



vail. 

Wealth i 

Thoughtful students of national affairs hav. 
)ut, every now and then, that the continually ; 



1 National Danger 



; compara- 



When Prayer Was Offered 
Recently the Southern Commercial Congress met at 
Norfolk. Va. While in the midst of its discussions on in- 
ternational reconstruction, the chairman read a dispatch 
from Beriin, announcing that the Teutonic allies had pro- 
posed peace. Cheers greeted the announcement. When 
the demonstration subsided, a delegate requested the chair- 
man to have some one "invoke the blessing of the Prince 
of Peace upon the negotiations to end bloodshed." The 
request was promptly complied with. What was done by 
that earnest body of men in the South, might well be du- 
plicated throughout the United States. A proposal that 
may lead towards peace,- whether offered by one of the 
belligerents or by our own honored President,- is well 
worthy of the united prayers of God's people. Let there 
be fervent intercessions at a throne of grace! 



Perpetuating the Yuletidc Spirit 
As reports reach us uom various places,— especially the 
large cities of our land,— our hearts are cheered by the 
many instances of genuine helpfulness, — a true exempli- 
fication of the Christmas spirit. Scarcely a home in our 
blessed land of abounding privileges, has failed to receive 
at least a share of the all-pervading good cheer, so strong- 
ly in evidence everywhere. We can not, however, get 
away from the thought that there should be some way de- 
vised by which the gentle spirit of Christmas beneficence 
might permeate more fully the long and weary stretch of 
days until the next Christmas season is ushered in. It 
seems hardly right to concentrate our good cheer so ex- 
clusively upon one day that nothing is left for later oc- 
casions. Let the blessed star point the way to new op- 
portunities of great good throughout the yearl 

A Lack of Conviction 

While, in general, the "Federal Council of Churches" 
leads the way in many phases of really commendable 
Christian activity, that body of church workers failed, at 
its recent session in St. Louis, to avow its opposition to 
the proposed introduction of military training in the public 
schools of America, though urged to do so. A prominent 
labor organization came out in a strong denunciation 
against teaching school-boys to love the glamour of mili- 
tarism. A number of educational and secular organiza- 
tions did likewise. Whatever reason may have prompted 
the decision of the Federal Council, we heartily agree with 
the editor of the "Christian Evangelist," when he says: 
"The churches of the Federal Council saw nothing in- 
congruous about teaching little boys to love war, and at 
the same time to worship the Prince of Peace." These 
men are supposed to be leaders, but \&hithcr are they 

drifting? 

Wrong Ideals 

That a large number of individuals, — a goodly portion 
of them even professing Christians, — may be apparently 
sincere, and yet wholly at fault, is shown by the vocifer- 
ous clamor for militarism, so rampant everywhere. The 
creed of these war enthusiasts may be condensed into 
these two propositions: "Armaments are an insurance 



against 


war." " Military 


preparedness is 


only for de- 


fense." 


If, eventually, the 


world learns how 


uttcrly pagan 


and fals 


e this conception i 


, the present den 


lonstration of 


war's hidcousness will ha 


e taught at lea 


t that lesson 


most th 


oroughly And sin 


ce it is quite illu 


ninating, now 


and the 


, "to see ourselve 


as others see u 


," we append 


a few e 


^tracts from a lett 


r concerning the 


war. written 


by a Ch 


nese graduate of a 


n American univ 


ersity: " I am 


constrai 


led to say that, to 


us of the East, it 


appears to be 


but the 


logical sequence of your civilizatic 


n. the basic 


prmciple 


of which is avar 


ce on earth and 


happiness in 


heaven. 


. . Christianity h 


s had but little 


influence on 


Governn 


ental affairs. Thf- r^^sgn h obvious to us of the 



pointed 



concentration of vast fortunes in the hands 
tively few, presents dangers obviously subversi\ 
resentative form of government. We are assured by 
men that know, that so high an office as that of President 
of the United States is, in large measure, dependent upon 
the approval of men of great wealth. Every candidate who 
has any hope of election, must have the active support of 
millionaires in the financing of his campaign. He can not 
be elected without them. It is, therefore, conceded that 
a still further concentration of wealth in the hands of a 
few men might readily produce a situation, wholly detri- 
mental to the best interests of the people at large. It is, 
undoubtedly, a problem of great magnitude. 



c lovable exponent of super- 
human ideas than your Christ, and never was there a lead- 
er of thought who so emphatically repudiated your entire 
system of Government." There is much truth in the 
words quoted,— an arraignment that should set our nation 
to thinking. Should it not incite, within every heart, a 
longing for a fresh discovery of the realities of religion? 
Were world-wide brotherhood made the watchword of a 
brighter and better future, the true ideal of worid-safety 
would be assured. This is the hour of world-wide oppor- 
tunity and responsibility Will we utilize it to the honor 
of the Great King? 



Latest Developments 
At the time of this writing (forenoon of Jan. 2) there 
seems to be considerable activity in the Roumanian bat- 
tle area, with the Teutonic forces reported as making 
considerable g^ins. The reply of the allied nations to 
President Wilson's peace proposition has not as yet been 
received. Advance information concerning it seems to 
indicate that it will be very much like the reply to 
Germany's appeal for peace,~a flat refusal. Latest in- 
formation, — supplementary to the original German ofl[er, 
—reiterates that the Central Powers arc entirely willing 
to conclude peace with the allies on a basis of mutual 
reparation, restoration of all the small kingdoms involved 
in the war, and adequate guarantees of world peace. 



Developing China's Resources 
Without even the least exaggeration, China has frequent- 
ly been referred to as " The Sleeping Giant." Her mani- 
fold resources and undeveloped possibilities need but the 
toucli of western energy to produce the most startling re- 
sults. Recent press reports announce that the Siems-Carey 
Company, of St. Paul, Minn., financed by the American In- 
ternational Corporation, is to build a railroad through Shen- 
si, Kan-su, Hunan, Kwang-si, Kwang-tung and Che-Kiang, 
— all these districts being densely populated, and rich ir 
mineral and agricultural possibilities. While, by this 
means, modern civilization will penetrate to the very cen- 
ter of China, we trust tliat steps will also be taken by 
which the Christian religion will the more firmly entrench 
itself in the new life and activities thus created. The Chris- 
tian forces may well bestir themselves to their task. 



"The Personal Touch" 

In the splendid Christmas Edition of " The Square Deal," 
—a weekly publication, printed by the, inmates of the 
Kansas State Penitentiary at Lansing,— there is an article 
under the heading above" quoted. It attracted our atten- 
tion because of the vital facts set forth, and worthy, there- 
fore, of more extended dissemination. It starts out by 
saying that when Thomas Mott Osborne, late Warden of 
Sing Sing Penitentiary, N. Y., left that institution, "he 
bade farewell to sixteen hundred inmates, calling each man 
by name." Perhaps you may say: "That is but a small 
matter," and yet it explains, in part at least, the wonderful 
influence he wielded over tliat great aggregation of prison- 
ers, Mr. Osborne made it his business to know each one 
of his charges. Every man in Sing Sing could go to the 
warden with his various perplexities, and be assured of a 
fair hearing. We were made to wonder, after reflecting 
on Mr. Osborne's wise and humanitarian methods, wheth- 
er the average minister, and church officials. in general, 
might not learn a mlich needed lesson from his plan of 
keeping in "personal touch" with his charges. In too 
many of our congregations we have able officials and a 
goodly number of members, but there is a lack of the 
"personal touch" that would enkindle a zeal for the high- 
Canada Bars Out Non-Resistants 

In a recent issue of the " Gospel Herald.'.'— a journal 
published by our Mennonite friends, and always eagerly 
read at this office, — we note that a group of their members, 
upon attempting to enter Canada, were refused entrance. 
The facts, as we gather them, are these: One of their min- 
isters, E. L. Frey, of Wauseon. Ohio, in company with 
about ten others, was on his way from Huron County, 
Mich., to Ontario, where he hoped to proclaim the Mes- 
sage of Salvation to a number of congregations. The 
Canadian officials.— erroneously suspecting them to be 
Germans.- subjected the Uttlc group to considerable in- 
quiry, and finally decided that they could not be allowed 
to enter. The main point at issue seems to have been the 
matter of recruiting.— to the furtherance of which measure, 
it was thought, the Mennonite evangelists might likely be 
opposed, and foment serious resistance. Of course, these 
brethren, like all the other non-resistant people, could not 
claim, when questioned, that they favored enlistment in the 
army. Though they specifically avowed their determina- 
tion not to interfere with the affairs of any country now at 
war, the Canadian authorities seemingly deemed their 
strong attitude, concerning New Testament peace prin- 
ciples, prejudicial to the war propaganda now being car- 
ried on in the Dominion. Surely, these are times that 
try the believer's heart, and that demonstrate "what man- 
ner of man he is." 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1917 



HOME AND FAMILY 



Yield and You Shall See 

BY DAISY M. MOORE 
Tilc artist of liis canvas dry 
Begs, " Lend to me the powers tliat lie 

Within your empty fold; 
The glory of yon sunset sky 

Your glowing face shall holdl" 
" But. master, small and plain am I. 
And coarse in weave. No use to try 

To change or brighten me." 
The master artist makes reply, 

" But yield and you shall see." 
The workman scans with keen delight 
The crude ore mined and brought to light. 

'■ Within your heart is stored 
Such golden wealth'as sonic day might 

Bedeck a King's feast-board." 
•■ I've lain within the womb of earth 
A black mass since the world's own birth; 

There's naught of good in me." 
The goldsmith, knowing well its worth 

Says, " Yield yourself and sec." 
Sinner, when Jesus pleads w'ith you 
To let him use your life, oh, do! 

Remember that his eye 
Discerns within the dross the true. 

Trust him nor question why. 
Say not, " I'm dull and slow of wit. 
Sinful and weak, my life not fit 

To give to such as he; 
What can the Savior do with it?" 
Yield, soul, and you shall sec! 
Fairfield, Pa. ,^,^ 

The Song at Proudhearts' 

re. BY IDA M. HELM 

In Two Parts.— Part One 

The grand parlors of the Proudheart residence were 
brilliantly lighted. It was the evenhig of one of tlie 
most celebrated social functions of San Andras, and 
the most distinguished people of the city were present. 
One feature of the occasion, — and the one most talked 
about,— was to be a song by Katharine Marcom. " I 
wonder what she will sing? " said Madam I-a Rue. 
"The few people who ha\'e heard her voice say it 
would grace grand opera, but she does not use it where 
it would be so much appreciated. Only at evening 
socials and at church is her voice heard. It is a grcjt 
pity I" 

Madam La Rue was a proud, vain woman of the 
world, and she sought happiness in gay society. Miss 
Fairchilds sat next to Madam La Rue on the daven- 
port. She was a woman of decided opinion. The rose- 
tinted hopes of girlhood had slipped from her, and bit- 
ter disappointment had come into her ]i f e. She listened 
till Madam La Rue had finished. Then she spoke with 
a suggestion of bitterness in her voice, " Miss Marcom 
will sing tonight to an audience of unappreciative 
listeners and when she has finished they will feel re- 
lieved at being free to go on with their games and 
conversation. If she would go on the stage, people 
would simply go into ecstasies of admiration and un- 
doubtedly she would be queen of the opera. Oh dear, I 
wonder whether she will sing a French song! " 

" I don't know, but it will be something grand," broke 
in Madam Pettigrew. " They say she can do wonders 
with her voice. She has been in training under the best 
teachers in Europe and in America." 

In one comer of tlie grand parlor several ladies were 
engaged in a prize game. " It was I who directed Mrs. 
Proudheart to Katharine Marcom's wonderful voice," 
was the information Mrs. Welsch gave to her com- 
panions in the game. "I heard her sing' at 
the Smiths' part)-. Never before did I hear 
such beautiful singing, and she was the cen- 
ter of attraction all the evening. Wherever she was. 
in the room, there was a group of smiling people about 
her. What a pity such a grand voice and pleasing per- 
sonality is unknown to the worid." 

" She's young yet and susceptible to the influences 
of religion," said Lucile Ray. " She has some things to 
learn. Just wait a year or two and see whether she 
sings in church or in opera." 

With this remark Lucile's black eyes flashed and her 
curls tossed as though she was confident she knew 



what the future would reveal in Katharine. She gry, clothe tlie naked, and give words of consolation 
walked across the room to where two men were en- to all. and I shall be regarded as being good." How 
gaged in a game of cards. This hard, sarcastic lady glad are wc because of the command of llie Blessed 
watched the progress of the game as both men en- 
deavored to win, and her lips curled in scorn as An- 
drew San Qare felt his heart go down into his stomach, 
for he had lost and he was now a penniless man 
forced a joke from his lips and a sickly imitation of ; 
smile crept over his face. The winner of the gamo 
looked lovingly at his swelled pocketbook ; then he said 
" I wonder when Miss Katharine will be here and what 



He 



Master: " Put up again thy sword into his place, for 
all who take the sword shall perish by the sword." 

But hear the im'litary chieftain, as he returns from 
a successful battle, where the earth is drenched w-ith 
blood, and thousands arc crying and dying I Hear 
Ihe man w-ifh his glittering steel : " I did it." 

I'icrceton, Ind. 



she\ 



ing. 



" Here she comes now," was whispered in subdued 

tones. E.\citement was perceptible throughout the 

room and all eyes w-ere turned tow-ard the door thi-ough 

which a slender young girl was entering the room. She 

w-as attended by her mother, a stately, virtuous w-oman, c/"' '°"°™"'S "" ' 
, . . , ' , , i^tatcs that have moi 

whose chief concern was to see her daughter develop church of the Breth 
the lovely character of true Christian womanhood. 
Ashland, Ohio, R. D. 1. 



CORRESPONDENCE 



tbt churdies " 



FACTS ABOUT TWENTY-SEVEN COUNTIES 
:he following is a list of the counties in the United 
than twenty-four ministers of the 



ncitster. Pa.. ". 
3 Angel9s, Cat, 



Be Chummy With Your Boys 

BY AMANDA WITMORE 

Mothers, are you chummy w-ith your boys? If not, 
begin at once with that boy of yours. Do you not 
want him to be the very bcsf boy in life? — the best and 
strongest in character, true and honorable to his par- 
ents and all that goes with it to make up a rounded- 
out manhood? 

Then keep chummy with that boy of yours. You 
want him to keep away from evil companions and to 
develop good and steady habits, and the best and surest 
way is to keep in close touch with him, to live close, 
yes, very close to him. 

You want him to be full of life and to have a good 
time, which is right, for a growing, rollicking boy can 
not keep still. You must help him in choosing his 
companions by giving him your utmost confidence and 
let him know that you do confide in him and tnisl him. 
You want him to be pure, upright, and noble-minded. 
Then be his close companion and help him to select 
such companions as will not poison his mind, nor per- 
mit his mouth to become polluted with foul words, 
nor to become dulled with impure thoughts, which will 
mar the body and drag the once pure and innocent boy 
down to reproach. 

Keeping close to him will also help him never to 
commence the evil habit of smoking cigarettes, nor be 
at foul play. If yon are not living close to your boy, 
some one else is, and will fill his mind with impure 
thoughts, and next with impure words and deeds. He 
will associate w-ith those against whom you have 
warned him. By all means, be chummy with your 
boys I Do not wait until they enter school, but begin 
when they can first lisp the name of Jesus I 

Tell your boy of the wonderful body God has made 
for him, even in his image and glory. Teach him that 
he belongs to God and tliat he should honor him by 
keeping his body and mind pure and clean, strong and 
healthful, that the Spirit may have a dean house in 
which to dwell. 



Dnrke. Oliio. 
Cnrroll, Md., 



























■Woshineton. Teiiii 25 








aiontKonierv. Pn.. ,, 


25 



This list of 27 counties includes 1,011 of our ministers. 
The writer looked over the 1917 Ministerial List carefully, 
and the above list is our result Rockingham County, 
Virginia, is our banner county for ministers at this time. 
Several years ago Lancaster County, Pa., was the banner 
county for ministers. Los Angeles County, Cat, is the 
banner county west of the Rocky Mountains, and Mc- 
Pherson County, Kans., is the banner county between 
the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains. Elkhart 
County, Ind., is our banner county between the Ohio and 
Mississippi Rivers. Rockingham County, Va., is- the ban- 
ner county for our ministers in the United States, and 
is also the banner county east of the Ohio River. 

Elizabethtown. Pa. Edgar M. Hoffer. 



FROM THE CROWSON CHURCH AND LONE STAR 
MISSION. TENN. 

Bro. J. D. Clark, of Jonesboro, Tenn.. came to this place 
and began preaching for us, at the Lone Star Mission, 
Nov. 5. He continued until Sunday, Nov. 19. Eleven 
were made willing to accept Christ upon the terms of the 
Gospel and were baptized. Five are heads of families, 
and five are between the ages of ten and fourteen. All 
are Sunday-school pupils. Good impressions were left on 
the minds of others who are counting the cost. 

Wc went from here to the Crowson church, where Bro. 
Clark began meetings on Sunday night, and continued 
until the following Sunday night. Much interest was 
manifested. He then returned to the Lone Star Mission 
and preached the Word with power until Thanksgiving. 

On Saturday, Nov. 25, the church was called together 
in council, to consider the advisability of organizing the 
Lone Star mission into a separate congregation, which was 
agreed to. This leaves the Crowson church with twenty- 
three members, and the Lone Star church with twenty- 
eight. An election was held for deacons, which resulted 
in choosing Bro. William Leighton for the Lone Star 
church, and Bro. Ervin Higgins for the Crowson church. 

The prospects here are bright, if only we had more 
workers in this great harvest field of the South! We are 
located eighty miles south of Nashville, on the Jackson 



lie to Florence, Ala. Any of our Brethren, passing from 
the North to the South, might find it convenient to stop 
with us and investigate our needs, and the prospects of 
mission work in this part of the great Southland, and 
" whensoever ye will ye may do us good." 

Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Dec. 24. A. M. Bashor. 



Highway, leading from Chicago to New Orleans by way 

Do not forget or neglect your boy I Keep him close "' Nashville, and also on the L. and N. R. R. from Nash- 
toyou! Do not drive him out because he has muddy """'"'" 
shoes, or enters the house in a boyish, boisterous way, 
but teach him early to respect and honor you by clean 
shoes, polite customs and manners in the home, as well 
as to teach him* clean and good habits of the body. 

The body must be kept clean forthe Master's use. 
He has use for every boy and every girl, and it is 
every mother's duty to keep in close touch' with each 
boy and every giri. Oh, if the mother could only keep 
m closer touch with her boy, keep him as her bosom 
companion and her utmost confidant! 

Keep chummy with your boysl 

McPherson, Kans. 



CHURCH DEDICATION AT SEBRING, FLORIDA 

On Monday evening, Dec. II, the little band of believ- 
ers at Sebring met in their new chapel and perfected an 
organization, to be known as the Sebring church. The 
organization, at the time, consisted of fourteen members, 
there being three elders and three deacons in the number. 



-all 



siding : 



Thei 



other 
rith their letteri 



and 



The Military Hero 

SELECTED BY VIOLA PEISER- 

The militarj' hero says: " Let me kill one-fourth of 
your army, wound another fourth, and reduce the 
other half to hunger, penury and nakedness and I 
shall be called great! " But the Oiristian philanthro- 
pist says ; " Let me hind up the woun(le<l, feed the hut,- 



there will be 

not less than twenty-five in number. T 
appointed, and the congregation will 
jointly by the three elders holding their 
viz., J. H. Garst, R. L. Peters and the 
mcnts for Sunday-school and prayer mi 
fectcd inside of a few days. 

The dedication services were held on Sunday, Dec. 17, 
at 2:30. We had a full house and a splendid interest. 
Bro. S. W. Bail and wife motored up from Arcadia, bring- 
ing Jjjree brethren with them. All the ministers in town. 
e\xhi in number, were present. Most of the leading 



sided ove 



/ill be per- 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1917 



citizens of the locality were on hand, and manifested much 
interest in the services. Mr. George Sebring. founder of 
the town, gave a short address of welcome, that was much 
appreciated. Bro. Edward A. Snader, of Westminster, Md., 



nth I 



and ; 



1 the 



The house is a neat frame structure, plastered and paint- 
ed, with all the windows and doors screened. A comfort- 
able porch in front is a great convenience in case of rain. 
The house, including sidewalks and seating, is costing us 
nearly $1,100. Money was sent us by several of the in- 
terested members in the North. The members having 
homes here contributed liberally, but we lacked $275 of 
having enough money in sight to meet all the bills. We 
told the people, who attended the services, how much we 
needed, and asked them to aid as they felt disposed. A 
collection was taken, resulting in raising $334.35,— con- 
siderably more than we had asked for. This will enable 
us to set apart about $100 for two Sunday-school rooms 
that we shall add just as soon as the rest of the money 
can be raised for the purpose. All told, the two rooms 
will cost us about $300. With this addition we will be 
splendidly equipped for church and Sunday-school work. 

Following the collection was the dedicatory address, and 
a speaker seldom has better attention than was accorded 
MS on this occasion. In the evening Bro. Bail gave us a 
good sermon, and thus the day's services ended most 
pleasantly and hopefully. The day was one of Florida's 
ideal days, and was especially appreciated by our North- 
ern visitors. Some of the Sebring women had clipped 
from their fine rose bushes about fifty large, beautiful 
iroses, of almost every hue, and placed them on the stand. 
December roses were an unusual sight for those who had 
just arrived from the North. 

We are exceedingly grateful for our neat little chapel, 
and it is a pleasure to feel that it will be free of debt. 
We can now go forward with our work without being 
handicapped by debts. We welcome any of the members 
who think of spending the winter months in Florida. 

Sebring, Florida, Dec. 19. J. H. Moore. 



: have 37 i 



THE MINISTERIAL LIST FOR 1917 

The Ministerial List in the 1917 Almanac contains the 
names and addresses of 3,106 ministers, — 3,054 of whom 
live in the United States. We have 2,114 ministers east 
of the Mississippi River, and 940 west of the Mississippi. 

We have 1,211 ministers east of the Ohio River, and 903 
ministers between the Ohio River and the Mississippi 
River. 

We have 627 ministers bet\ 
and the Rocky Mountains, and 
of the Rocky Mountains. 

We have 15 ministers in Cai 
isters beyond the mighty deep. 

Pennsylvania has 509 ministers; Indiana, 358 ministers; 
Virginia, 307; Ohio, 261; Illinois, 208; Kansas, 202; Cali- 
fornia, 141; West Virginia, 133; Maryland, 118; Iowa, 111. 

Years ago we did not have so many ministers, but they 
did a noble work, despite their small number and their 
lack of privileges that we now enjoy. The Church of the 
Brethren ought to do much good with the 3,106 preachers 
she now has. May the Holy Spirit lead them! Most of 
our ministers are busy in the Master's vineyard, and there 
as preaching somewhere daily, throughout our beloved 
Brotherhood. Some of our ministers, of course, are super- 
annuated, and some, — stricken with the infirmities of old 
age, — are only waiting for the 



Let us remember our dear ministers at the throne of 
igrace, for they need our prayers. May God bless our 
nninifiters, and our beloved Brotherhood! 



Elizabethtown, Pa. 



Edgar M. HoflFer. 



NOTES FROM PING TING HSIEN, CHINA 
Another station class, for those wishing to come into 
the church, has just closed with fifty-four added to the 
church. Nov. 9 the inquirers of the Ping Ting Hsien 
congregation were called together for a ten days' study 
of God's Word, preparatory to being received into the 
church. Three sessions a day were held. 

These studies were conducted by Bro. Vaniman, Dr. 
Wampler and Bro. Yin. Such subjects as repentance, 
baptism, prayer, the Holy Spirit, forgiveness, idolatry, 
truthfulness, the church, our business, our home duties, 
the church ordinances, etc., were discussed. The pro- 
gram was posted, and the inquirers were urged to find 
Scripture references on the subjects. There was a most 
hearty response. Since we have the use of the new 
churchhouse, it was convenient for the women and girls 

Nov. 18, at 9 o'clock, we niet for the baptismal service. 
The roll of the applicants was called, and each responded 
with a scripture verse. After the preliminary services, the 
fifty-four were buried with Christ in baptism. Among 
these were nine women and girls, of whom four are pupils 
in the Girls' School at present, and two were former 



pupils. 



About half are from the out-j 
^-en families in which both the husband and the 
: Christians. How different their home-life must 
be now, since Christ has become the Head! 

In the evening of this same day, we met again to par- 
take of the sacred emblems of the Lord's house. One 
hundred and thirfy communed. Since we have no fund 
at present, to make tables, this service was held in the 
assembly room of the Boys' School, using the desks as 
tables. This was a very spiritual service. The Lord has 
most abundantly blessed the work here. The field is 
ready for the harvest, but the laborers are few. Pray for 
these new-born babes of the Kingdom, that they may be 
faithful witnesses for Christ, and that, within another 
year, many more may be brought to the feet of the Master 
and be saved. 

Property has just been rented at Luan Liu, to open up 
a new out-station. There are now several inquirers from 
there, and the place is very promising. Two native 
brethren will be put in charge. 

The schools are doing good work this year. The Boys' 
School has an enrollment of eighty and the Girls' School 
of twenty-three. There is also a school for women, of 
which Sister Horning has charge. There arc twelve 
pupils enrolled. The purpose of the school is to help the 
women to read the Bible and to understand its teachings. 
Some of these, we hope, will become good Bible women. 

At this writing Sister Blough is o 
has gone to the most distant out 
half from here. The brethren fron 
given her a hearty invitation to come to their homes, 
and teach the women. She has also planned to stop at 
Le Ping and at some of the villages round about. 

Nov. 27. Minerva Metzger. 



in the country. 






NOTES FROM "THE ILLINOIS TRAINING 
SCHOOL FOR NURSES" 
Some of our members might be interested to have an 
inkling of the doings and of the spiritual welfare of her 
six members, who are at present engaged in taking train- 
ing as nurses in the Illinois Training School for Nurses. 
Recently the first of our sisters, — Lela Sellers Moyer, — 
graduated and is now in Canton, China. What had been 
started during her stay here, and upon the arrival of the 
next three of our members, Feme Heagley, VernaBlick- 
enstaff and Martha Daggett, has made marvelous progress 
in the last year and a half. 

About two years ago the nurses, previously mentioned, 
in a secluded room began a weekly prayer meeting. This 
became so uplifting, soul-inspiring and so indispensable, 
: by with the meeting forgotten. 
■ duty, but as a means of strength- 
s, which would otherwise become 
together in this Christian fellow- 
ilt of the prayers of these 



that never a week we 
Not only faithful to the 
ening their spiritual li^ 
one-sided, did they corr 
ship. The inexpressible 



faithful few was partially shown when the next three, Lula 
Hollar, Maude Judy, and the writer, came a year later. 

Although sometimes exceedingly tired, and seemingly 
overburdened with work, we took from a few minutes to 
an hour for quiet, refreshing communion with our God, 
never the more tired nor the less prepared with our les- 
sons for the time thus spent. As our number grew and 
we met week after week, the bond of friendship contin- 
ued to grow, until we are bound together, seemingly, as 
sisters in the flesh. 

As a result of nearly a year of thinking, praying and 
planning, began the organization of our United Volunteer 
Band which now numbers ten members. This being a new 
organization, — in fact, the first of its kind in a nurses' 
training school in Chicago, — needed to be explained and 
to grow gradually. 

From the very first we had the ready consent and active 
cooperation of the superintendent and executive board of 
the school, whose aim is always to promote the welfare 
of her nurses. 

At first we met bimonthly, sometimes to read a book as, 
"A Glimpse into the Heart of China." Then, again, sev- 
eral were assigned portions of a book, to discuss that to- 
gether, or to hear reports from members who had attend- 
ed other conventions or United Volunteer Band meetings. 
Occasionally we have public speakers in our midst to in- 
spire us in the work. Among those who have already 
spoken are, Dr. Ludlow, returned medical missionary from 
Korea; Dr. Gordon, from Mahoba. India; President A. C. 
Wieand, of Bethany Bible School, and Dr. Harrison, re- 
turned missionary from Arabia, who has recently given 
us the incentive to meet weekly in private, and monthly 
in public meetings, with some inspirational speaker. 

From this organization we hope for and expect great 
things. We are becoming more enthusiastic, and as we do 
so, we see greater enthusiasm in others who voluntarily 
come to sign the pledge cards. It seems to spur us on 
more courageously, also, to hear directly from one of our 
number, already in active service in China. 

Besides these Christian activities we, as a school, meet 
each morning during the week in the reception room for 
chapel, just before going on duty at the hospital. Then, 
on Sunday morning, the pastor of 2 near by M. E. church 
conducts a short service which is very uplifting and help- 
ful to all who are present. 

Furthermore, there ar? w^ny cfcyrches of different de- 



nominations near by. Bethany Bible School,— only two 
miles distant,— affords us a place of worship among our 
own people. Hastings Street church being only a fifteen 
minute walk from the nurses' home, gives us no excuse 
for not attending services at some place. 

We hope that more of our sisters who may be think- 
ing of nursing as a profession, or as a life of service for 
the Master, may come and help carry on the work already 
started here. Amid all these activities we ask for the 
earnest prayers of the Brotherhood. Lela Moyer. 

509 Honore Street, Chicago. 



FROM HONG KONG TO COLOMBO 

At about 11 A. M., Nov. 2, accompanied by a number of 
our missionary friends, we boarded the S. S. " Hirano 
Maru." We were very fortunate in being able to sail six 
days after our arrival at Hong Kong. There were more 
than forty who would gladly have come with us, had they 
been able to get passage. We and four other passengers 
from the " Empress of Russia " engaged passage at Yoko- 
hama. For that we were very grateful. There were some 
missionaries on this ship before, so, in all, we number 

At noon we set sail for Colombo. Some of us, who 
are very poor sailors, foresaw a gloomy prospect, as we 
thought of boarding a vessel with little more than half 
the tonnage of the " Russia." As we entered our cabins 
and looked around, we found things much better than 
we had anticipated. The upper or promenade deck is 
much wider than on the former vessel, and it is very 
■pleasant, so that we have been living on the deck all the 
time, except while we sleep and cat. In fact, we sleep 
a great deal there too, but not during the night. 

This is a Japanese steamer. All the crew are Japanese 
except the captain, who is English. None of the stewards 
understand or speak English very well, so we have some 
very interesting experiences in getting what we want 
sometimes. That brings to my mind an experience I 
had with a Chinese boy at the hotel. Before telling him 
what I wanted, I asked him if he could speak English, 
and off he went, down the hall. Returning quickly, he 
handed me a can of strawberry jam. When he found that 
was not what I wanted, he brought another boy who 
could understand me better. He brought what I wanted. 

The "Hirano" has accommodations for eighty-three 



first-cla: 



i passengers and thirty- 
the second-class was filled up, ■> 
passage. The equipment is not 
as it was on the " Russia," but 
In the drawing-room there is 
also two pianos, several writing-desks, 
and many comfortable chairs and couc 
posal of the passengers. The dining-i 
arranged. Each passenger is supplied 
ring. fiv. 



sccond-cla: 
had to take first-class 
elaborate on this boat 

erything is very good. 



vriter. There are 
I number of books 
les,— all at the dis- 
)om is very nicely 
'ith a silver napkin 
md four forks. A clean plate is furnished 
for each course served. More than that, we have very 
good food. While some things are not seasoned to our 
taste, yet we have very good Itread and butter, boiled 
potatoes and fruit. We never ate better apples than we 
have been having. Sister Mohler thinks that the reason 
we are enjoying the meals so much more is due to our 
smooth sailing. No doubt that has something to do with 

The second day on this boat proved to be a little rough, 
but we did not notice it so much, as this vessel does not 
pitch as much as the " Russia." We think this is due to 
the fact that we travel about one hundred miles less in 
twentv-four hours. On the "Hirano" we are averaging 
about 325 miles a day. We have had frequent showers. 
While in port at Singapore, there was a very heavy rain. 
We had two days of delightful sailing. I hardly thought 
the sea could be so smooth. 

On Saturday, the 4th, there was some inquiry among the 
missionaries as to the services on Sunday. So the min- 
isters got together and appointed two of their number 
to visit the captain, to learn if there would be services, 
and if not, to secure the privilege of conducting them. 
The request being granted, Rev. Jackson, a missionary to 
China, returning to his home in England, consented to 



Hi; 



appn 



ated 



uch 



some we have heard. His theology was not quite in 
harmony with the Word, we felt. Howe °r, last Sunday 
a very helpful sermon was given by Mr Slack, Interna- 
tional Secretary of the Y. M. C. A. W . have been very 
glad for these services. 

On the forenoon of the 7th we ar .ved at Singapore. 
Here we entered a splendid harbor, it is destined to be 
one of the finest in the world, as it is on the dividing line 
between the East and the West. The weather being very 
warm, most of us were not anxious to go ashore, so Breth- 
ren Hoffert and Garner went off, to inquire for the mail. 
We were glad for the two postcards received from India, 
— only the second time that any mail was received since 
leaving Vancouver. 

Here we were. — less than one hundred miles from the 
equator. The heat, however, has not been as oppressive 
at any time as we had thought it would be. Most of the 
time, while the vessel was in motion, we felt quite com- 
fortable. A few nights it was close in the cabin, but the 
electric fans help out a great deal. 

(Concluded on Pag* M) 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER-January 6, 1917 




r- kii ,.»« horn near East Petersburg, Ta., 
Bro. Adam Grayb.ll was born nea , „^inda Jolms 

Feb. 13, 1851. He was n,arr,cd to M ss L"cmd J_ 
Oct. 16 1873, To them were born "."y^''^"^ r,„. 

"T.^ ^y came to ^-on m .. sprm. oT^^^^Br. 

^^■rb<::^r':u:jw;::umoma„bicb,a,ter 

a week's time, terminated ^'^ '.fe. ^^^,^^^^^ ^^ .^^.j^^^ 
Jen byM^'s^: Mart; Superintendent of the Newton 

^''^°°^^- ^, „„rl< n« jtinitor In the Newton 

"Mr. Grnybill fi'^,^^!^"" ^'Lrbeen In this service slnco that 

schools In the fnll of 1SS6. "^ '^^^p", spe„t In tl.e Enst. HU 

time, with the e^^Ptlon or one >^" ', , noiirs, when snlTer- 

heart wns ever In bis work. Even m ms him ,, „,,„„t 

Ing cnused his minfl to ^I""^"' 

his dutiPB in the f^o^i- n;f :r"' 



. ]0. 



Battle Creek chii 
firo. Stryt-ker, lire? 

Vidorn, Snsl;.. Det 



■nder in his < 



reelected 
■ „.«= phnfen sHperlntendent of the Sun- 

nnd Kalph Palmer ns 

l^^JVnt"er'^nntl we miss 
rvices.— Nellie Zlegler, 






COLORADO 
Colorado Clty.-Nov. 20 we enjoyed o 
Onr nged Bro. John Ulricl 
iting member present. H 



^piritnal love feast 



spin 



19 

<lny-scho 



Thirty-i 



laged 



nnd assistance i 



the only vls- 
I In- 



;rintendent. 



in tiie sirfigth-glvlng ordinance 
ter K«tie Ruch wns elected Snn- 
Slstor Nettle Barnhnrt. president 
decided to let the Junii 
.J- Meeting once et 
splendid program 






We 



?t.ontly 



delegates. Our 

leaving in a few days for 

.—Myrtle Cnrr, Vir- 

INDIANA 



\rnold. u...--...v,..R.. - ---- 
granted. We appointed thn 



Arnold, ofllclating. 



) right. 



Our Mission 

_jusly looking 

niigeilst with us, to 
I containing a '^"'^I 






Icottville, Mich., preache 
Dec. to D 
Sister Aln 



^-r^IIinoPil YOU would be con- 
x\ere pia*- u. ^.^^^^ i,iessed to give 
!"crist, S35 Bhrich Street, Colorado 



, which 

Ipreciated.— Miss Cora 

.,1 again ^. en;oy_ n^spleudid 

=^...v. and many 
ipirit of devotion 
,„.« „,.d singing. Select 
r members of the cluirch- 
„m a treat of candy and oranges 
In' the spirit nnd In memory oi 



leaking and singln 



'Iilcb 






school will be reo 

Boulevard, Ft. Way 

Hickory Orove.-^^^ 



2340 Antho! 

icll meeting Bro. D. A. Hnni 
;he coming two "" 

school arranged 



The 
e Bro. 



and ' 



splendid 



■will nevei 
Ing will 1 
has gone. 



He li 



Mird hi 



call. 



. Mr. Gr; 

( life. Tl 



, Colo., 



viii 1 



of meetings. A 

clinrches. — Si G. 

WUoy church 



aren nnd friends can not i forever.' 

„„e„c, or ».» .-". Chr,.t,n„ charnotor «., "" '° ' 

^n editorial in our daily paper conlaraed the foltowmg 

r A,inm Grnibin. For twenty-nine yen" (i,^ pastor. Ten 

" Consider the story »' J„^"" 7i™°; ,„ol bnlWlng.. No publ c „, „.„„„, „„,.„ b 

he WBS Jonltor at one of '"» 'V"™ .„rts „, streets hear his „„„j ,,,„i„g ,i,e 

building Is named In Ills '"'' ' „,n „hleh to endow CO - ,„ „„ ;„iprcsl ol 

name: ho does not l*^^^*^, ", '\^.„_ imrelv known outside of Ills ^^j^^ suporintcn 

,eg„ or libraries. In f.el, he w.s y .„. ,own. and .,„, .„v 

Immediate circle of „„. ,„.„ 

where he resided before »>''»"'" ,„.mlBSCd. and the teachers 
largest ward school '•■ "■" 



L-key. Haxlun. Colo., 
t enjoyed special rev 



. JI.. Cent 



intRndelit "of our Sunday-school for 
I, of Ingalls. Ind., will begin a i 



; granted, 
ispaugh, 



we were xafored with t 

„ W O Becknet, who wns here 

".f^Pherson college B,d.B„^„ 






iiindreds of child 



i last ! 



nrtly 1 



nnd 1 



contained a heart 
riches, integrity 
feared God in thi 
Maker, thnt slnfulne 



: pla 



s laid to rest, 
ich 
) tnkc 



ith \ 

of h— - 

1 and faithf 









Mrs. Corn 

SPbrlng.— With us, 
Gifts came and wen 
=;nme to you " were li 
no ice Knve thnt deli- 



iley, Colo., Dec. -0. 
FLORIDA 



siding. A goodly nunibe 

we granted 
four dentha 
and 



We received t 



nincll Dec. 21. Eld. Daniel Wysong prc^ 
were present nnd n good spirit ^^as 
.x^eK granted. Durins the past ycnr 

'"",V'o;iVry'ie«er.''t™''by'ba''pHsm, 
ihe /esent membership is 27= S,..er 



■n^S^'SSerChSS m^^r. president, 
Nannnnee, Ind., Doe. 25. 

« .,, ivr,ncl,e.ler-Bro. Wm. Lnmpin. of Pol 
n?e°rles rf meetings at this place, beginning Nov. 2, 



111., 



1 well fllled 



r'thnl his example is Inya 
I be his memory! " 
•"Bro. Graybill united with the Church of the Brethn 
thirty-Rve years ago. He has 
since 1908, being especially faithful in h 
partly through hi 
ices in Newton, f 
cated the church 
seldom absent fr 
expressed his de< 
he so dearly love 
in th 



of dea 

vice. It was 

'fforts'that the Brethren started serv- 

id later, in 1910, dedi- 

which his funeral was held. H 

services During his last illness he 

■oncern for the welfare of the church 

He presented his life as a living sac- 

of his Master. He departed this We 



Dec 5, 1916, aged sixty-five years, nine rr 
days. He is survived by his widow, th 
grandchildren, his aged mother, iister - 
Neffsville, Pa., now ninety-one years old, 

four sisters. 

Funeral services were conducted by o-..-_- _ 
V Baker of Wichita, Kans., assisted by Bro. J. J. Yoder, 

^---^y.--'^:"i^--rr 

408 E, Fifth Street, Newton. Kan=. 




Bro. Chn 
irion'stiidy clas-s with 
Mt. Morris 



.. Oakland, Cal., Dec. 18. 



, ,„ the CI 

[owe Brubaker and _ 
iDgregation at the Bible 



close of the 
,„, a coliocTlon-of-SlSl was taken ^ 

College.-Mrs. Zona B. OH « , ^ ^^^ ^^^^ ^, 

Curlew church act in council lice. »o, ou ... ___ 

r,r4m P"!»l'""e- '^' reorganized 



Sunday-school, with Bro. 



1\ 



ZZlTZZnVTAZ','''-'',-, -"■ '"» save ,.s ,„.„ „„ 
y-school „.™°"'^J°,_^""'"»J' 'OIlonl„B our council o,°r S 
:v£'.°''"?.?f-i*,- The „,,c„<,,, 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER-January 6, 1917 



■^glns. Bro. Victor Wl'i 



■ thev come to liSM , 

>s!nlckle. R, D. 3, 'LaurenViowa'.'Dcc ?5 



Dec. 24. The attendance '"^'j-^'""- C. A. Pentz, Denton. ildVec «n """^ "'" *'"""'' Sunday-school Chrl^i ^ r: 

tVl'mn°;;"°o°?Ee"„"". ^Zl '■ -Sc'°e7,r,'.'''S.''S'' w"fI '"'"r"' '-"»■ -"'CO Dec tSl^'f cS'taa f "«V''°»''"°<'''5ow'i«"s n[T"l ^\^- 

d expects to cive „= on'„ 'nectinjrs ho^n,, ^'ov n J^ , ' ^ ''"^J'- of Covinnton Ohin t-iwI Mnrvin t- ! "^ organized some tin... o^ ,^- ■*■ teacher- 

ci.»p„,ech„e''th«r,.?°;h! ;t:■■:;;--:'''■"-:':.u"^,,^:;■,,;^^^te;!;r^-'"^ ''"««''T£i'i^^^^^^^^^ 

e«vc a very ,„ter„„„. "ir "' .".-'- ■■c"t;Zn:T' ';:;;! .':,,°!,'>"'-.«'sw/-'oSr."Ti,"S^ Lic'S, zion"^°''S-'"^.?«''. "-I <'el.u„?;'f : ^™ - 



"- —- "tucicuE Clf 

tifts, to be distributed t 



rave a very interestin: 
—Mabel ShnlTer, Garrii 



ris College, wag with us an<l 
«.nsi|tl„s of sones and reading 

thSTas"m°°h''SS'Se7br',,^";''''''-''*»»'«;^ 
from Mount Morris 111 „„ J ""■ !■"»' "'elit a 
theao brethren „« loIn/a^oble'wTrand'u'w'a's" 






.att,,ech„;S;-io^|:'-W.^e-n,^^gi^a 
t elder Bro. E. D. Fiscel, 



singing 
20. 

Indian »..ees,— we met in conncti 
presiding. We reSIected Bro. Plscel 
letters of membership were ™fS n '"^'- iuree 

to change, la incited to iScStewi'th",, -"?,"■ i"^ """■« "Ishlng 
eocted Sunday-achoo? SerlSdent f^r '^i''- '=""'"' ™» »^ 
Mrs P. n. Enaeld, It. D. f. jiSwet io,';:'a ill S""" '"'- 

---- '""-fircifTetlS IZTJlZiri^^" '""'»^- "- 

-. ,. . ■= t-ninieci. A local church paper 

B,se\E,tfeg^W^"l'o;rDe'c.=°.S"""«' 
£of°S,l"- ? ».?? '>-tod Officers for 



elghty-foup, Thlrt 

•■■■■■ i.ii.rii uitjer trtvivf. A " ■■■" '*^*'' Jorty-flve 

.Ja^;^,d^S5 t?e ■'"»,'n'""» >S'fon°rTea;a"' 
'..- and Pr«c£TtrmTns^°°TLo=£/'»'-' ^»" >"»""• — 
alio., added to the meeting In th. ™j'''i"'"''= "<■ ""« oon' 
.M.saes Seller,, of Way"eabo?o P„ °±"'°^ "'■ "'"'"•' ""isic, 
sang for us. Their singing wn.. i.'i.>T,i "''" several times, 
love feast was held on ^.,n^„ highly appreciated bv all 

appreciated. Onr Christmas „„'™„,;7,'t '-""^^S and 

"-- "■ i""i,rani. which waa rendered 

le. This service gave 

Id the splendid work it 



TT,;i:r ™. '"anKsglvlng E 
Llchty, Zion, N. Dak., Dec! 

=g,.';^hS'Sfe»s-d"^sf£"-^ 



m.—u. 



I revival meeting 



on Sunday evening, Dec 
visitors an idea of the lize of i 



t the largest. It la 



; confessed Christ, and^on 

brldg;rdhlo,"I,rS!'° ""l«--E"aT 

BrookvUla— Bro. J. w philer „., ... 
l-es at this Place beg Ling "■ ZJ'''\?'^" 
until Dec. IS. Thirty ono,,T '"' Sunday, Nov. 20, 
On Thanksgiving Day services wSl"h ?,'"' "™ 
olTeriug of S20 was taten m. . "^ '"'■<•■ ''"'' 
- ■ sister ,r. Hom„; '.°:.,..™; "« """lO'l 



raged to 



. Wal- 



Deelsion 



and s^ter ■> H-.mer"'Brght™'hrar?rr,'° ' 
tea Wmniel, K. D, 2, Br^ookvlTle," Ohfo '"D'^'^f 



• WJ., Dec, 27. 



will keep „^ ,„„,-». j, 
"ij^'nity In the future 
1 teachers 
lu improve.— Ch as. ^ 
Mt, Etna church ni 
the coming year, wJth'B^^T;^]'!! r^'C^f ^'^^*'^'=ted officers foi 
tendent, and Sister Delcie P«^if nZ^^^l- Sunday-school superin- 
-Louisa EecIcwith^Sr'£a i^Vcef 23 '^"^'"' ^''''^^"' 
gSr^|£"^' •Si'"arr:^^^i^..-- «■ W. Gar.e 

elected for tlu i.u„„ng yea 

received. Onr pastor's w'ife is very sick nVfi;; "•'■■■"•;»'"I' we 
the prayers of the Brotherhood tS she mnv h '■"l"""'- We asu 
S-Sy-^- "■ =»"«■.«..=. 310 PoJ!;SL1«?t?eers"aS "• >-'"• 

coSrSc",?"*i7s''rf-rJ::iv.'?-„';lS I'. ?-•? ^5..^ 
Dec. 18, preachln 

at the last was not ver., ggod'^"' "■'""""s. -±ne attendance 
I on account of tho weather 



ireaiding. jgj, 



MICHIGAN 
■ cl"oscn°«''i' ?/°- ?' '"''■ °- Nevluge, 
o-ei.o.i;a,fJSf„ESde''n''trB"'ro°^i"scr'!,"- 

;f9^^=pr-d°"t^St 

'..W,.e-Scir,':ni.'"£l?e.!l-tHS: 



.tn;f„°rl°'^«°"'?..»."'«"C0. 



All seemed i 

teed iuto the prog™;; 



Sunday-school 



school. The effon 
extensive use of tl 
Is meeting witli ;i 



E ChrlBfm« . o"entfve audlea 

Ivout l^?,"^ P'^"- Tlie children b«. 

v« in number. The outlook for 
'' atandnrtl of our 






: made 

I the lior 
■ Special 



bring about u more 
e and Sunday-school, 
encouragement is be- 



V, ■ ""^o- *>■ w. Gar' 

^S^n"^SS-'S:°^eS^"!SSs 
Ifour letters of membership 



Bttendai 



e rite. These 






! for us Deo. 3, and closed 






g' "S" C " h" V "T""^' °«- "■ ■>»<■ Closed last ""l" ""'' ''''""v'^^^TZTlL'l'Z ^'l""^' '» Sund\T I'n at 

.cached. .,- ,?.«"- W..0 came were a.ient..' Pa"„r/„J;-f tV4i-°chS f, tT^^ "^ "'" «' -»■ 
our love feast being held Nov t, n "^ ° ""'s of meetings 
to a well-niled house. Bro An„i™„?'' '""c'-a Sunday morning 

Bro. Applem 



meetings. The 

-.- '^''re attentive 

■ to accept Christ. 

Jielp to the little banThere' 

Diueh encouraged. Bro. 



-—. Sri" m'^"'^'"'^ "' "'^ Kingdom Tl, 
VereToS'' 'JL'''^"»"^'"^ S^ort 



t. Stlne presiding. 



The report of tJe "?airamL°°",r''' '^"'- ^- -■ -""« 
-- --s heard, Bro. KoS Sen;all"'ra'"elLt''ed"u?da" 

' er„in"rof^Bec""»i3 rLiS'otr^""- ."> 

*.._.-...? ^'"- -'5 we Held our love feast. On a 



pleasant membe. 

hool offlcers for ■...^ ^..^^.u 
ntendent. After ^ 
■s a very helpful 



B of the Kingdo 

Jy his untiring «„o, 

On Saturday, Dec 






ident. On the evening 

count of the threaten! 

other congregations, v.', 

service. Our elder, Bro. 

Adel, Iowa, Dec. 25. 

iheldon.— Last Sunday 

;ttl'°fo7k"\r^'" ;,.,^°-K«i''' ™"«tirs''S' 



on Sunday, 



rapressive 



, omciai 






e Clirls- 



I special Chri 



Sunday-school rendered 



After I 



, deliver* 



^^Bro. J. Schechte 









interesting Christmas 
worthington, Minn 
i old home in Virginia 



Sun 



Iowa, Dec. 27. 

Spring Creels church i 
charge. Bro. Gillam wa 
Bro. Geo. H. Long as ! 
^y-school (-endered a 
evening, Dec. 24. We recei 
witii good interest. Work .« i-iuvuic 
Sn"""n ""i^ ^""^"^^^ ^ ^°"^ church un 
J-annie o. Long, It. D. 1. Predericltsburg. 

KANSAS 

rchri.tn,!!"^ ^"^ "'* ^''^ ^«"=^' ^«n^e were made 
y some orthr^;;n"f' ^^.^^^^^^^y presets that 
y some or fi,e Sunday-schools, Aid Societies and 



let in council Dec. 21, Eld I 
reelected as our elder for oi 
unday-school superintendent. 
leasing Christmas program on si 
atly organized a teacher-training 



100 1. —Mrs. 



happy, 
prayer circles. 



>v.--The aged me 



nenrdorff labored ear 

"Jf.^'Vl^^"'" 'V»s been __ „ ^^_,,, 

Mpfu.. „„ ^„,„ 

leetlng. Two letters 

rw,..^„uei,c. After^t^rh„'7" <^»'08en, wlthBro 

Morre gave us a verV heV^f^,. ft^"*""?.^^ ^^«« transacted 

Mrs. Harvey staurTer. Mt^'piSS Sh'^'^De^'i^""" ^"'" • 

Sugar Ridge,— Bro D ir e.,. , 'c"-' Dec. 22. 

and continued until i)M ?7 ^»'™f ."'CTn meetings for us Dec 3 

Tliero were no acces?i™s iet we fe'e'l'l, c,""""'j- "" ™'°»"y 

^0 v„.-Mary E. Teeter, Scottvll'i:,! Mlch.^D t 'S"" """' '•"' ""•» 

Woodtond VlUage.— Our Rprlo= ^f J 
Dec. 31. Bro. Chas. Oberiif „f i°' "C'""?' V'" "=8 
be with us. Sister Marv Hah n ,,lf^i^^.' ^"''■' '« 
tian Workers' Society ly '"","""''''»' President 
Sunday.. We had very good Srdan;. ""Sold °" "™""° '»»' 
ir'o c P°n"„°' '"« ""en-bers went to th? hoi^ ''r"'°«' "CO. 
"n°o,f';i.™'Srnd1S«'„''irt7"'"f »"^'»™cn 'Zmlv'S 

Si^sSS- o^^-X H "bS1™?7"-'t^^«^ 

land, Mich., Dec. 28. " soon.-Anna Christian, Wood- 

MINNESOTA 
i°'iil "r.f "i"* "^ "iMUnSa of two weeks con 

.h„eL?ssr='Ti;es™i;:„^^-,rs\ 

^PlcnlW program was given „„ chn',;' 
Si;„.7Dei??a. "--•-"" -■--'•c. -^""'■''■^ 

,,, , MISSOURI 

..,., .''.'"^ church met in council n 
vas retained as elder for the ensSing^ 

h"?h''r;,^?,';i°' ,K"'"'c-lc". AVroSirrwhSse" wSi? nXl 
■ivni meetog, was received 



ter Apple] 



cted by"ou 

s (iounting the ( 



The Chun 
ihg from" „.„ j„u 
>ch evening and twice ou ounanv r„, . 

Of the . o„i"SerXs\Sr|a5e*BiKe £-"]»- ™^"'c^^ 
-"■■ A. Miller, Lafayette, Ohio Dei S '■ ^'"° "«« 'aptS 

OroenvUlo.— We the («„,.. . 
Chapel last ev",1'ng ,„ hold'ur c"" ''""'"'' Home, met in the 
IJaugh presiding. The love „, ni ,'°.""'°'°°' ^W- Abrhm Brum 

K ?i"*^.Vir'-'' ^i^ -"- 'Sihi^'wS^r!,' T' 

any Place or J.'.'rs!^,, ^0,™,"" "» '°"'« "'" who nef™ git ?. 
'Ill for onr Homo and to ll,.°ll'' "cetlngs here, VTo are thank 
-£^o Who have pr„"-ld'ed Sl'-Krfffii^^K- iSf 

"''■-"'•'"•;;i.,itei,s-£f3~.^"5"'sr; 
: ■ i:;k.n'c:Je"Ti„^'ii- '- »""-.i «ot >;;? 

care of In good order,-Mlss HaM Tice' 



Jnjoye, 



JIarlon, diili',"Dcc .„ 
Si«t!'"ir?,"?acorc£V™ "''"'™'^ 



r elder, Bro, 



.?^ !JiS;:'js'?r"*^"-iSi:;;'a'Sp, 



■ D. 1, Lewlston, 



.co»c«. Bro. ,acob- Coppo-;rg?v?f ■■ «™»'So'o? -p'er 
Sunday Dec. 21. Bro. S A sfmatn^ l°S """'"•'B sermSn "„ 

».irss^V""- »-«"^ Ho^'cSir v'u. rs^rp^car »s" 



fellowsli 






We- 1 



:heraselve's. 






I their 



all < 



One aged brother' passed ^u ms reward D. 

"""" rfi'l.Sn'^/'^'r'"'*^' ""^ ™«y Qod bless 
'" "' these aged 



Dec. 



i, ' '""-^ levivui meetii 
' nfj^^""'.^'' ""•* Sister W, 
._ Bible Land lectures, wl 
each evening 



. Milier 



very large audience. 



highly 



tTi 7. ^""'lo Lu urignten I 
Estella Martin. Matron. Darlow, Kans., Dec. 2L 
Eden Valley church has lust closed a mnsf V.,.-t* ,- ^ 

n uch annrecl J.'."'%r'' r'""^'" "^""^ "mon? us have' been verJ 






r he also officiated at the 



installation of Brither and Sister 'Emm Jnur AZmso 
omce of^deact,n._ Our Sunday-school, und"r"Te' letdSl; „'f B™! 
""d efficiency. We 

'dIc\^'}!!;\°.'1''",'^-J''''"''' "' McPlierson, 
of tiie hoHdav IT • <;?°'">»""e ""c >ycather 
»„, ,1 """"jy season, the attendance and in- 
good Bro. Anstm Is a very earnest and able 
r nons especiniiy appeal to the young. The song 
iductcd by Sister Austin, who, with her cliatm 
pa"tt'«"tir,:"'serWc",'°'Vh™°1,°."'^' ""i* '"' "'"' energy Into that 
Delilah A. Maxcy, MorrlirKliSi: Dec V"""'"' '"""'-^'''"■ 
o..e„ church met in council Dec. 9, our elder, Ero. Clark, 



appreclated^and listened to each 

-Mrs. D. W. Boyer, W.rrensbu'rg, M„.,-Dec. M. 

Gra d ■ MONTANA 

of M'L'ot""" n"r",™li»5»""Cil_Dec. 10, with "Eld. D. r. L.ndls 
if membe''' "' ''^""'"°''' "■ 

. superl„teid;.r-SJn^X^°rT~^'^^"«i 

i iS^"Se';s;;^'^[",S|^°i^^^' « wfs - 

iToid, Montana, Dec. 24. country.— iva E. 

NEBRASKA 

a which time we reorgan- 
Worbers- Meeting. Bro 
"" r r" ^- ^- l^ybargei 



Ohio, Dee. 27. 

£mM^-,,H^™-.^of LOU, 11, „„, ^ ^^^,; 

orilgr'Sil.?s'= lT„n'."er\l%si« tr^'"'""^ "^"Inrr . 
Salem, Ohio, Dec. 27. ?834.-Mabel Wohlgamuth, West 

coSed^'b" Zo^l i!'GKie*ork"pJrT '^T""- '"'-. 
tta S r""'""' ""!> power SoSo were h/o^'L 'i'"''- ^'c 



Js. Four letter 
Bro. J. S. Geisi 
absent, will be i 



. „.,„ y„^^,er_ g . J^.'^y-. O""'"- The 

Stendr,'"'''"'' """^ "ther hind 

attendance was not as desire,! „i".: — ""'' uumvor- 

-wcnty-two sermons The k ' i' ""ca. Bro. Quthrle 

™"; 0"c was baptkcT To OuthrlL win h"'? """" »""e'"- 
1' ' '"C'sville, Ohio, about Jan 8 ThV h " """'" 

°n""^,S!:!"i'''iscr was elected Sunday 






1 »T — "--<.=u >^uuaBy-scbOoI 
■. New Weston, Ohio. Dec. 25. 
grandmother and two 



'. C. Inman, is preparing to" 



Arcadlo.— We i 

■B. Stern .,„^ ,ct-,t 
Christian Workers' president 

Wash., preached two in^V^",,';^""'^''' '""'° «^« 

-,_. . '. I'^tnea two instructive sermons. We 



John Streeter. of Che- 



service i 



bly con 



_had_ Planned for Novembe 
appear. But ol 



audience t 



rendered a Chr 



t and held a ten days' series „. 
'><:«■ "We had fairly 



I'ly. 



s program. Instead 



audience a cha 



former occasions, 



u. p. ^eher were ordained to Jke eldership. Officers were elected 



fork.— Eva J. FIke, 






■adla, Nebr., 



prayer meetings at the various homS S Th„r]d, " "''■"'""' 
Mrs. B. G. Wolf,, R. D. 4, McCune KnSf D™. S "^ cven.ng.- 
D,!J"lT"™™ ""J c"""'' » Pleasant council on mday evening 
ran'=eld?r'''frr \t?S,S nry"err'S,re'd".n''?t' so'^tF'?'"" 



Dec''2l ""' ^'""' "c*™e Work.— iJ— t ^..T" --J"'rlbute 
I.lncolii.— Last Sunday morning 
our. onr „r,mary and junior depart .._.„ „ „„ 

«terno\VlrXS.e?d^?,r!:^S™S 



...sliedr'sito' S;„°i,as- *""'"■ ■"■'"" .'-"-".■■--■"''-'°-'°°''"" 
^uperi„tende„t.-c. D. Miller, H D 

SprlngneM City Ml.slon.-Thrce 1 
oS!^eT."'■tt^.WnS'"^°^>°■''"»^°Occ.T 
derson ■' meetings. The i" 
iomn,!!„?f '" °', """"Pes, to begin Ynii 

iSvifV"'^ c-s-^rtScir^ri:"^ V- 

In^ «;,.,1: 9'''^^'*^"""' program was renderfi i, ^ o**"® Sunday- 
ing. Which increased the zenl nt,,i „ .1 , '"^^ Sunday even- 

pr IS rr^^r:S?i5 ^'^^- - -" 

and select readings. Dec. 10 Bro n c " ^i" """^ ""'" 

Tt'n?'^- , '^'^ """ e'"" '« these Simons as'w '\° "" ' ' 

at tils place. Dec. 24 the children of the'<!,r„J^. , "° "'"Ister 
a shor program at 10:30 A. M The\„ f^ '^l"'""' rendered 

J|«n_ Workers' Meetings still coitl " ^ 

congregation'— Mary" S.' Carr 



I few oldei 






,(■ Jft^iu Sunday-school McKimmy as Sun 

After' t'h,° r*r. «■ J^"^ i"»'^. »P" - oo. 
Interest and attends; 



> needy 



rth'e"S\eS':td"i'.tr%a?J/'Sn T™' ""■' 

, Jbc^appreciatlo/m'SsVd' 41f, ^vr'rl^y-'tS'e 

*"'• *" give than to receive. 



!' JPfeached for 

for lis at 10:30 A. HI 

mlnlste 

Sunday-school 

- ,„„ ^.u„,^, „ „„ ^e earnestly 

tonsville, Ohio. Dec. 25, "" '"" 

BerSb1l^:^TesiS?g.'\''e"Stin^^^^^^^ T V^"' ^"- ». G. 

hii. «.„. elected as our eldeT/or the comTn J t^r^'^ ^"'- «^^''«- 

?"f "y-f •'ool «"perintendenl' The worf i«' ^"'/"^ 

and we hope ere lone to hnv^ « .. "•"^^J^ moving 

---....v and attendance are cood nnn * ^^ "^ worship, 

the many blessings that ' " 



■ Chr 



1 Bro. Fred 



■ is better 
the "Wonderful Savior, 



-■"' ""■= "luuy Diessings that wenro nnl** ^^ feel Hire rejoicing 
Eastwood, Rossford, Ohio. Dee I2 f««l^'ng.- (sister) Cora 

witirour S" Bl-r'^D T'ii° ^■'"'°<'" Thursday evening 
man was elected Sunday sVloo['l7;i'rf*""^- ^'''*- S. D. w 
■ Dec. 17. the riiri.4r,n, ""- ^,"P^7"'endent. On Sunday 



■ D. Mussel- 






! accepted Christ. This young "ma" 



. Mun 



Whitme 
?11.32^ 



» classes. , 
" Grace Eshel 
the absence c 



W. B. Devilbiss Instructs 

the Juniors. We nil feej 

r dear brother. Eld P E 

'^. '^'■, .^t'!''-^''"'"^- ^'"- to spend the 

I fr. ., " Thanksgiving service an ofFering of 

Ot^il ^;^?"J"^.l^T""'"^-0»-« M. Whaler. 



ot 'i°k ,h°°'^ ""'' "« "" fcen IdSftted 
»ot like the voun, ,.„,.„ ., .^^ BlSestory'; 



I Str. 



, Ohio, 



TiT \l ' '"^viy ne na 
like the young lawyer or the Rlhi.. ^^ 
•fully Ail accepted Chr?stJoyf^?'' "& 
Sunday,— Sister Re..i. m„..',. "i'jj "cy 



73Q Olive Street, Ottawa, Kans.r'bec. 20. ' 

MARYLAND 
.„?.'";^r;7°°, ^"°''"*' ccning. Dec. 17, closed oui 
inga at this place, conducted by Bro, A. P. Snadei 



, Md,, who labored earnestly 



.ith 






, Lincoln, Nebr., Dec. 27. 

' Dlt^rlt ^•foTiV"eZ'r^'-^?ho'l'rVJ''ir'?°^ '^''""''C' 
Powell, will please see to It th„f.Kf° Mission fund tor 

" ' - -ate, and for'vard the ,r„w°°.';"''«""°° "«» 

Mnsselmnn r T ., ° '° ""• writer, who 
Dec 18 ^'"■' ™ '■ Division Ave! 

NORTH DAKOTA 

Iiractically reelected Us 
n IT.., ^j^^^ Q^^ 



, Daytoi 
„, „ OKLAHOMA 

Big Creek church met In council Dee 1« «-ia 
siding. Three letters „, memtershS' wirf granteo w 

l,"?.^'".,"'"' "ro. Gripe as elder."Brriralt,hfe; 



elected chu 



. Gripe pre- 



PresiSSlf^'SSS KK"^^ T.^X'iST''^'^^'' 
second degree of ,h. "'...H?'' H°lsl»ger 



Edg 



ministry. 



Cimdo church, ^t ivo recent coiin,^!] 

previous church offlcers for 1017, wi?h j. D° Kes'ler 



dvanced ^ 

was advanced to the eldership." 

.Or.gg..-We have here Methodists and Baptists, and plenty 



I Bro. Alba 
I be ordained 
r last report. 



well i 



All 



itlsfled with the eouatr^ 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1917 



FROM HONG KONG TO COLOMBO 

(Concluded from Pnge 11) 
Before leaving, we all walked to the main part of the 
city, to do a little shopping, and to post some letters. As 
we passed through the native streets, we were interested 
in the way the shopkeepers prepare and display their goods. 
Seated on the ground or a box, one would be cutting the 
green bamboo in lengths of ten or twelve inches, and 
pile it orderly on a crude counter, ready for sale. Men, 
women and cliildren along the way would be chewing at 
these sticks. At home a great many predigested foods 
are being used, but the tradesmen there do not come 
up to the people here, when it comes to preparing fruits. 
They have oranges, pomelocs and pineapples, all peeled 



tically on the open 
; have not bought 



Mala 



unload and load 
sail for Penang, 



before buying, and arranged very ; 
table, right out on the street. As j 
any, thus prepared. 

At 4 P. M. we lifted anchor anc 
run of twelve hours. None of us 
spent some time in watching the 
freight. Very soon after noon w 
arriving about 11 A. M. the following day. This is a very 
fine harbor. A number of fine, large buildings are built 
along the water front. From the vessel we could see two 
large clocks, and hear tiie chimes. Late in the afternoon 
we spent several hours in walking the streets of the city. 
Soon after passing a temple, we heard a noise which re- 
minded us of the Fourth of July at home, but as we turned 
we saw smoke ascending near the temple, and we con- 
cluded that this was done to awaken the gods whom these 
poor people worship. 

We were glad to learn that several of the Japanese 
stewards are Christians. The one that cared for the girls' 
cabin said he was merely working on the boat to make 
a little money. This is to be his last trip, and then he 
expects to engage in mission work. As the girls bade 
him " Good-bye," he said, " God be with you." 



Reading 4:45, 7:55, 10:00. A. M.; 12:15, 2:55, 5:45, 8:26 Nebr.. aod sister Gi 
P. M., respectively. 

Sunday trains leave Reading, going north, 1:18, 5:55, 
10:08 A. M.; 3: 10. 5:55 P. M. Arrive at Shamokin, 4:42, 
9:33 A. M.; 12:45, 6:21, 8:42 P. M. Leave Shamokin, 
going south, 1:25. 6:35, 11:53 A. M.; 5:41 P. M. Arrive 
at Reading 4:45, 10:00 A. M.; 2:25, 8:16 P. M. 

On the Pennsylvania road, via Sunbury, leave Harris- 
burg, going north, 3:46, 7:50 A. M.; 3:40, 7:40 P. M. 
Arrive at Shamokin 6:48, 10:53 A. M.; 6:38. 10:03 P. M. 
Leave Shamokin. going south, 8:15 A. M.; 12:07, 3:02, 
7:40, 11:05 P. M. Arrive at Harrisburg 11:45 A. M.; 
3; 20, 5:18, 10:55 P. M. respectively. Sunday trains 
leave Harrisburg 3: 46 A. M.;3:40 P. M. Leave Shamokin 
8: IS A. M.; 7:40 P. M.; also 12:07 P. M. 

Persons planning to come will please notify us, so that 
we can arrange to meet trains. We welcome you! 

Levi K. Ziegler. 

149 S. Third Street, Shamokin. Pa.. Dec. 22. 



Leaf Rirer, Ill.—S. S. Plum, 

'Piatt. — By the undersigned, at the home of Bro. J. 
Reiinan, Dec. 20, 1916, Bro. Charles W. Rhodamor and Sister 
nnlc Piatt, both of Berlin, Pa.— A. J. Beeehly, Frledens, Pa. 
Stouffer-Schul.— By the undersigned, at the home of the bride's 
ironts, Mr. and Mrs. John Schul, 010 Adorns Street, Fredonia. 
nns.. Dec. 20. JOIO, Bro. Samuel J. Stauffer. of Moline, Kans.. 
Id Mary L. Schul.— Ralph W. Qunkenbush, Fredonia. Kans, 
Stene-Brcneman. — By the undersigned, at the home of the 



Stout-NelT. — By the undersigned, at the home of the bride's par- 
ents, Brother and Sister J. B. Neff. of Milford, Ind., at high noon, 
Nov. 30, IDIO. Bro. Alva Stout and Sister Ethel Neff, both of 
Mllford, Ind.— Otho Winger, North Manchester, Ind. 

IVino-lIodedon. — By the undersigned, at his home, Dec. 21, 
~ - — ■ ~ - Hodgden, both 



The days, passed o 
to Colombo, were th^ 
Sister Mohlcr. She w 
pitching of the first p. 



end. 



ettle do« 



: Orange- 



OUR THIRD MOVE 

In the spring of 1875 we began housekeeping 
ville. 111., within the bounds of the Waddams Grove con- 
gregation. One year later we moved into the Yellow 
Creek congregation, where we lived for twenty-two con- 
secutive years. In November, 1898, we made our second 
move, this time to Sunnyside, Wash., where we lived' for 
eighteen years. 

Six months ago no thought of a third move had entered 
our mind, but after a short but prayerful consideration we 
have decided on a third move, — this time to Olympia, 
Wash. This move is in response to a call from the Olym- 
pia church and the State Mission Board jointly. 

The Olympia church, for more than a year, has been 
without a resident minister or elder, and while I have had 
charge of the church during the year 1916, and aimed to 
make a visit once a month, yet this was very unsatis- 
factory to all concerned, especially where there are so 
many promising young members as there at Olympia. 

In this undertaking, we trust, we may have the prayers 
of the faithful. The rending of the spiritual and social 
ties of the church and community at Sunnyside, coupled 
with fleshly ties of children and grandchildren, and going 
to ourselves again, as when we started in 1875, was not 
an agreeable experience. Then, too, taking up pastoral 
work, meant almost more of a struggle than we had at 
first anticipated, but my experience has been that the fire 
of spirituality can be much more easily kept burning in 
one's self by being continually in the harness. 

As a matter of personal preference, therefore, I feel 
averse to the thought of retiring, and when I hear any- 
one express himself in that way, I can not respond favor- 
ably. In conclusion I wish the readers of the Messenger 
to make a note here of the change of my address from 
Sunnyside, Wash., to Olympia, Wash. Our residence will 
be the corner of Seventh and Central Streets, but the 
house not being numbered our mail will reach us by 
simply addressing us at Olympia, Wash, 
our arrangements could not have been 
to get our new address in the Almanac. 

Sunnyside, Wash. 



SISTERS' AID SOCIETIES 



FALLEN ASLEEP 



the dead which die in 



Alapaugh, Mrs. Dorothea, 



—The following Is the report of 



Dec. 11, Ifilfl: We held Greenville. At t 



1 Germany : 
I years, 4 months and 4 
I America in 18-U, located In Dayton and 



p, daughter of John ; 
I, 1835. died Sept. 15, 1! 



L public 
, $23.30. 

Received ¥2.35 donation. We sent $30 to help support a nntlve 
;r in India, ?25 to the Quinter Memorial Fund, $5 to Bro. 
of Georgia, We paid $3j.8S for carpet for our church, and 
to help buy new knives and forks for the church. We had 



$09.5 



at the close of last ; 



$134.00. Dec. waa election of officers, with the following re^jults: 
Sister Pha>be Teeter, President; Sister Serena Current. Vice-pres- 
ident; Sister Clara Bowman. Treasurer, and the writer. Secretary. 
—Sister Ella Bowman, Mooreland. Ind., Dec. 18. 

LIBERTY, ELI. — Our Sisters' Aid Society held, during the year, 
sixteen meetings, with an average attendance of eight. Received 
ale, ?n.S7: for comfort, $2.50; dues, $6.70; aprons, $5.05; 



of Portland, 



for the anointing 

her heart. She bore her extreme 

■ Alspaugb died at the home of 

She is the last of a family of eleven 
ladly missed by her children. — Mrs. Lllla 



, Aug. IS, 1016, aged ' 



I in Allegheny Mountains, 



le "Hirano" from Hong Kong 
ost enjoyable to us all, e.xcept 
specially fond of the rolling and 
of our trip. While our trip has 
we are getting anxious to reach its 
n to hard work in studying the lan- 

Kathryn B. Garner. 
Nov. 17. 



; China mission, $5; the He 
F. Helm, Thomasville, Ga. 
r home church basement, $20.75; 
ode, $0.00; total, $55.75; leaving i 



rtlfles. $1.70. We had in 
$61.10. Paid oat to Indi; 
me. $5; for Messenger, $2; 



India mission. 



laking aprons, quilting, tacking comforts, and sew- 
ing lor memoers. New ofllcers were elected for the new year 
as follows: Sister Dortha Stutsman, President; Sister D. M. 
Landon, Vice-president; Sister Mary Akers, Secretary and Treas- 



- and Tilire Phillips, Membei 
IS, Liberty, III.. Dec. 10. 
following is a report of the Mis- 
>ar 1916: We held eight all-day and 



of members, thirteen ; average Va, 



SIANCHESTSR, IND 

sion Sewing Circle for 
two half-day meetings, 
lege and one half-day': 
school rooms. Average 

containing five comforts i 

Mission, and another box, containing same, to Marlon Mission, 
We sent to Mission Board for support of India worker, $60; to 
n colored sister in Chicago, $2; took up a special collection of 
$3.75 for Bro. Helm, a worker in Georgia. We made and sold 
six comforts. We received, for all articles sold, $20.19; for sew- 
ing done, $18; cash donations to Society, ^.70; regular collection, 
$10.71; received en dues, outside of regular collection, $13.20. 



Text, 2 Kings 4: 26.— J. H. Schrflck, Shipshewana, Ind. 
I, Bro. John O.. bora in Franklin County, Va., Nov. 20. 1848, 
t the home of his daughter Nov. 26, 1916, after an illness 
jw months and severe suffering for a few weeks. He was 
d to Phoebe J. Heckman Nov. 10, 1863. To this union were 

im. He was elected 1 
In 1S90. Most of his preaching was done i 
points and isolated places in the southern part of Franklin 
7 friends. He united many 
) often called to preach funer- 
Before his departure he called for the elders and was 
noi'nted. Services by Eld. D. A. Naff. Text. Heb. 4:9. He was 
I rest in the home burying ground. — J. A. Naff, Boone Mill, 



^ box, 
Logansport 



>an, Helen Bernice, infant daughter of Bro. Bert ( 



Katherlne Bowman, died Dec. 14, lOIQ, aged 7 mouths and 17 
days. The stricken parents, especially the father, who Is him- 
self critically Hi at this time, have the sympathy of the entire 
community. Services at the Morrill church by Bro. A. Sawyer, 

, 1916. 



, $02. 



aking total receipts 
Expenses, $18.01, plus donations and support 
or workers, ?BO.:il; amount received, less expense, leaves $62 on 
hand. We received eight new members duri 
Dillman Frantz, North Manchester, Ind., Dec. 
8CNFI£LD, MICH.— During the year 1916 the Sisters' Aid Soci- 






ety held fourteen meetings, w! 
average attendance 
comforts, quilted 
for three tops 



of fifteen, 
nineteen. We made two comforts, tied two 
! quilt, pieced and joined enough blocks 
ide two clothespin apron's. We bought the 
for the Fourth of July meeting, which amounted to 
Gospel Messenger to an aged sister for a 
tiad a "wood-bee" for the church, and the 
lothlng to the 
Grand Rapids Mission, valued at $20. Amount taken in during 
the year, $£0.61, and $3.58 from last year, making a total of $24.19. 
Total paid out, $12,80, which leaves $11.39 in the treasury 



aged 37 years. jnonths and 3 days. She was the second child i 
Bro. Henry and Sister Jane Puterbaugh, both of whom survive. 
She was married to John William Gary. To this union were 
born five children, two ot whom preceded her. She leaves, be- 
sides her parents, two daughters, one son, her husband, seven 
brothers and two sisters. She waa a member of the United Breth- 
ren church. Services in the McKinley U. B. church. Interment In 
the cemetery near by. — Maude Puterbaugh, R. D. 10, Dayton, 
Ohio. 

Chambers. Rosnnnah, nee Brlllhart, daughter of John and Mary 
Eriilhart, born near Canton, Stark Co., Ohio, Feb. 23, 1842, died 
nt her home in New Haven, Mich., Dec. IS, 1916, aged 74 years, 
9 months and 25 days. In her Infancy she with her parents je- 
moved frpm Stark County to Crawford County, Ohio, where slie 
spent the greater part of her early life. At an early age she 
united with the Church of the Brethren, and remained a faithful, 
consistent and earnest worker. Oct. 17, 1861, she was married to 
Daniel Chambers, of Crawford County. Ohio, — this union cov- 
ering a period of over flfty-flve years. After several years they 
with Sister Ida moved with their family to Michigan In 1878, locating i 



retary; Mable Brow 









Cho 



Fan 



r, Assistant 
Ethel Kimmel, Assistant confined to he 



Chorister.— Mae Clark, Sunfleld, Mich., Dec, 

TBODTVIZ.L£, VA,— Our Trinity Sisters' Aid Society held elev- 
en meetings in 1916, with an average attendance of seven. The 
total collections were $6.54, Twenty prayer-coverings were made 
and sold at twenty and twenty-flve cents. Total, $4.45. We re- 
ceived $1.25 for quilting a quilt for a sister; for birthday offer- 
ings, $1.30; total amount of money received, $13.60. Amount in 
treasury at beginning of year, $9.54, We spent for material, $4.35; 
for subscription to Gospel Messenger for a brother, $1.00; to 
Timbervllle Orphans' Home, |1; clock for church, $3.50. and $10 
on lights at church. One mission bos containing clothing, bed- 
ding, etc., was sent to Baltimore. The freight on «ame was sixty- 
nine cents. Total amount expended was $20.54. Amount in 
treasury, $2.60. We continue with the old officers. — Mrs. C. D. 
Bowman, Sec retary -Treasurer, R. D. 3, Troutville, Va,, Dec. 19. 



ditlon. At tlm 



pie, devoted Christian life 



me on account of ber weakened physical i 
e suffered greatly, but was never heard to n 
In the words of her beloved pastor, " C 
it a great woman, — not great perhapa In 
1 greatness, but great i 



Services at 



Rapids, Mich. 



to be present. Eld. C. L. Wilkins preached 
Test, Job 14: 14.— J. W. Chambers, Grand 



, Caroline, daughter of Joseph i 



and wife of John Colclesser, died Dec. 



am sorry that 
turcd in time 
D. B. Eby. 



North Manchester, Ind. 
child of God at th 
peaceful Christian 1 
to her eternal homi 
L. Wright. Burial 1 



MATRIMONIAL 



North Manchester, 
Deal, Clarence Hermann, infant i 
Aug. 29, 1916, died Dec. 



born In 1878 i 



the West Manchester cemetery. — Q, L. Wine, 



church by Bro. 



IMPORTANT NOTICE 

The dedication of the newly-built churchhouse at Sha- 
mokin, Pa.. Jan. 7, having been previously announced, it 
may bp of interest to some of the brethren and sisters, 
to be informed with reference to trains arriving and leav- 
ing Shamokin. 

On the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad trains leave 
Reading, Pa., going north, at 10:08 A. M.; 12:24. 3:10, 
5:55. 8:40 P. M. Arrive at Shamokin 12:45, 3:29, 6:21, 
8:42. 11:29 P. M., respectively. 

Trains leaving Shamokin. going south, 1:25, 5:10. 6:35, 
9:30, 11:53 A. U.; 12:01, 2:30, 5:41 P. M. Arrive at 



D. Marshall Crumbacker and Sister Irene Belle Bankert, both of 
near Uniontown, Md.— W. P. Englar. Unlontown, Md. 

Heoknuua-Frantz. — By the undersigned, at the home of the 
bride's parents, Brother and Sister Levi Frantz, Dee. 20, 1916, Bro. 
Russel T. Heckman and Sister Edith M. Frantz.— I. D. Heckman, 
Cerro Gordo, III. 

Llsht-Swailos. — By the undersigned, at his residence, near Clar- 
Dec. 19. 1916, Bro. Jacob Roy Light. 



Van Sickle. Burla 
church, — Clyde DeBerry, B. D. 1, Hazelton, W. Va. 
Irwin, born In Lehigh County, Pa., Nov. 5, 1865, 



in the morning to cut i 



I keenly felt by his friends. 



Iowa, ant 
Zuck, Clai 






alles. 



Tipton. Iowa. — John 



of the Church of the : 



nd five bro the 



—By the undersigned, ot the home of the bride's 



Sister Frank Long, 



Pair, of Beatrice, 



low of Henry Herr. died De 
and 18 days. She lived a d( 
I loved the service of the Master. Her body was Ui 
the Manor cemetery, adjoining the Manor church. 






.^^ 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER-January 6, 1917 



Sclirock, Shipstiewaiin, Ind.' 

IJvenpooa, Sister Lydiii, daught 
Liclity, born. in Ell ■■ ■ ~ 
died Dec. 20, 191«, 

Sister Livelihood 



aeveii j-ears. Services liy the 
Mrs. FniiiU Stotler. Iiitcniii 
Waltz. Elk iJck, Pn. 

liP.^'l^'^'inrV-'' ^!""'"^'' ^""^ 1" Myerstown. Pn.. Aug. 23, aST 
Ue>.: 11, loiij, lit his home in BntavJH, 111 need 6-1 vput^ q 
l"!'^.?^'*'^-, J""y 11- 1875, he wa. married to sK kaU Wit- 
i and four daiigti 



by our pastor, Uro. A. P. Mussolnian. Text7 ue: 
—Nellie K. Netzley, Batavia, III. 

M8 home, 031 McKSy^Str^erSe'Si-ou^rDeJ^'ir 



the Walnut 
the church. 



Something for Every Member in 

the Family to Read During the 

Long Winter Evenings 




lohler. Treasurer! 
1. 015 wV Ninth St., Water. 
. Miller, Lafayette 
ard.— D. W. Ku 
, Vice-President, 
Ai. tviiiiiiiiis, secretary- Tien surer Elgin I 
water, Va.; D. C. Reber, Elizabethtown. 

Temporanoo Committee.— P, J. Blougl 
yiUe, Pa.; J. J. John, Secretnn "' 
_ Miller, Treasurer, Moorea Store," ,u. 

Peace Conunlttee.— J. Kurtz Miller. Chairman. C6i Forty 
IllT^r^lnt-^^xv ^T l■^,^■^■..'^'^eht, Secretary. ""^■ 
cfiestcr, Ind., W. J. Swigart, Treasurer, Huntiugd 

John 



B. Willi ( 



Trostie, 3435 Van' Buren Strc 



ivard*Frantz, Elgin, 



President. flOlI Germantoi 
Mlnnich, Secretary-Treasu: 



Annool Meeting Trci 



, Mt. Morris, III. 

...„ ....^^-.— E. D. Hoir, Chnii 

, Secretary, Decatur, " 



leties.— Mrs. M. C. Stvlean 
...... ..illadelpLin, Pa.; Mrs Lev 

•, Greenville, Ohio. 

rtatlon Agent.— P. S. Miller, Ronn 

-J. B. Deeter, West Milton, Ohio. 



We Pay Postage .... Order Now 

B rethren P ublishing H ouse 

Elgin, Illinois 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER-Jam^^ 




I 



c 17. Tlie nieeuiiBo^" 
™V'es-J. ror„.y. "--'"• ■■••: °t„r las. «P»" 



ires J. iforiiLj. QinfP our last report iw" " 




^^»SeS!S"S-pa;. 



B"irpf»rdl»g. our <om.' SJ°fJtt„ officer 
„ r C yobe, was "^^'f;'-; :„ ,,„vc our love feast . 



{M££™a^j£"S^'ME^^-^-^^ 



,„cncl,lDS 1- »" """™ 



:;lalnied oo auo*»; ^ „. .-hootwIIIp. Pa., i^ei,. ^-^ „ 



IZuMta. KooMs^^,f -^pO^d 



leBrviYie; Pa.. Dec. 26- ,„e I 

series «' """"f ,r' "'" .— ' 



openea a b"'^.' "i-"'"\vitli tue «.^^vt— 
.-.'"'"i!,,":; °„Vea! BrV Be> 



°:,;i'eB belug «eU a^:tenjea. J'/V'i.ea «ry ear»e 
Had cbarge or the i^eewub ^^ ^^^^ „„saved resting »1 



er, u^ Annville. 

mestly. and we 

pon Ilia heart. 

bretlir 



•rolrle 1-»|"' '''"'a' „°'"u'." Intere.UnB. .'''''ijjscbool superju. 
Seat,°aa°d° B« J^J. ."""^^h^aS OU.a., D-c ^T. 



of tlie meeiiub- "'„, ,nqoved 

s-v'aS^--?'ir;fb:;er^.;iu!^"s^s^A 

E«'.«°'"r,raerSa.'^rrl'atr„„J.earaeB..bd 



seSa^ilK^vival^servicea 

T Sraiib" waa JStein '" mf aerrn'oia''" 
;cbool auper u- t^„ ,tutb f ^ '"i'i,'J°L„rd 



-»--^-UeN>e.aa.AS%V,P.c.- 
Meeting.— MJ""= ""^ ...,,/i 

PENNSYLVANIA , j^^ a,. 

, . Dec « XrouBbt to '!;» f'S'^.o tto. bad 

' '^VT.?eS,Vc^«reSblrTbe .ain se.vi^^ 

j;Uo%m"""-' '''r'■d.^iere^ ;^^^^^^^^ 

, Swigart, ot H»attogdoo. «er ^'„,„„,agemeot <« tue 
,.S_c icat addreSB.-one tuU o. HMrtcttc out 

" ■SSSce'%auug c.ergymcn «< otuet 

'trlenj 01 tbe P'»"'°f,re.ld tb«t tbe 



'^^'^l^^^B^t. 



;;;S::i "'-..?.. co„gregatl^- Ji-^uUdlng »P ^ «^- 
il.ject ol the cburcb _»a 



K tue llv( 






Siste 

pitcli 



t^L'^br--^;ISS 

■bed biB fi"\^^f™^rture B^''^'^- 
^ n Khori "address. rei»l«iisceB_t n 

"°?.te'irSS''.'Sea 



; 0, whJcU ' 



S'^'io" a beautiful 
1 at tbe meeting. 
1, wnjcu "a? '™" ,,,„ sione, alter 
,,„L.,.i, based on ^ *,•;;;"„( articles deposited In tue ^^ ^^^ ^^„ 
uro. I.ous ""?, "dius tbe meetlfg "«"' " s™,e ceremonies the 
xvlikU those allcndint |^ „„a '"irhnHJlng committee. 

:,;„„U building, ;u» by\b« ■f™";^?^ S:d'e"l.'y Bro. S«lgart. 
.'Tog«s!"Alt'onn, pa., ^"yf' ,^„^j Nov. and 1 
,„low congtegaUon beld ber Wjc „jj„i„i„b con 

-" "-"".rt- b;o.".'!1°. STert 01 '^^%^-^. 
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TEXAS 
,..„v.l cbnrcb met ta council .T'ciirZ £^£^1' ^^t , 
Peters, presiding. J™'"™.iea. Delegates ""= ',^°»"H„g and 
Christian workers w«=;lecUd^ ,„ a^ajf '".'^'of tbe ""nnnal ' 
r'°e St "'be heiS Christmas «:eelt. ^The ieport_ ___ ^^.^_^ ,„^ 
S'.'s-|'.'S SS^Ma'nvel, Te.as, Dec, 

VIRGINIA ^ ^ ^„^, „„. 

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M,.jesac jn...-On D«c f «"d/* f SiltaWs on the Bett„ 









'Thanksgiving t--^: 

t,Afl in our church, 

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""^i-- .^f/reflt^'of Se Christian- 



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to ourselv 



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»«^^E^r Se saSSSf;:;!?"! 

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■ • ■■' Hamburg, ana ^, g,^,„ jiary »"f"e>oBpel, and by 

ales ehould hear tbe P.lam..^ ^i^^ rlrethron 



Se«tUo church met in countnj^ ™^ Sunday-school 



^ss^Sboor^K^^ t^^^:^'^^ 

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months longer ^^\^^''^S^Zye 3. Bible Term 
„i™i.*- nnd Sunday, "t- ^^'" ,. „„„ toncliera cfl 






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,lhly "PP-^^Vtog there The interest Is grow- ' ' 

rust IsernviUe, Pa-. "^'^' " " -p, „ 26, 

,„vened at th. Midway bouse Dec. 



montns luut.';" - 
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Thursday '!"°'"f,^S 



Francis ol lus -"-- 

tpd lor the Cornwall 

vail bouse — Lizzie 1 



WISCONSIN 
, a„v. church met in '»''°=" °'5ave' our°Sd»T Bro". J. Q 
[or the coming year. W.' "«'' S!"" j M. Myers, our home 
f ?e7W°as"L^v";%r h\rour deV_.Siater^»S 
with ue, as »b» Is stUl vet; 
operation, perlormed 
.*^.. i,„,.o « Roeedy ri 



speedy recovery, i 



our dear Sister mjv" ""•- - 
, „eah irom the f^^^'l\iS. .- 
"-■■ ■"feip fs^o'mucb needed, both 
- Leon Ilobinsf" 



The beauty o^,*^"^' "" 
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Sunnysid 



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to be inforn 
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Reading, Pa 
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"■ ^■,"\.hn°c?'.o ?,eslde%uring our 'f^'J^S', 'oSugregatlon 
">■ !,i,ioa Kid. Jerome Bl»"eb, ol tbe KOJOU J^^^^^ ^^ ^„u 
lot lollini, oa J- [ Ashland, Ohio, uoa u February 

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a^revwal^lu^the ^^"^^^^Li^,^. John Mills, «! D Street, 

>i vnv 4 With Eld. C. L 
, met in council Mv. «■ „„anlmonsl! 



^£i^S,, 



4 with i^iu. «"■ "• 
'decided unanimously 



hnve a speedy recovery, uo "'^' ' 
r„"cburcb and Sunday-school wort^|'--j ^J, 
'chosen a. Sunday-schoo aupennten^^. ^^^^^^ 

r me™\u°g' B?o Syer "cour.ged us 1» "e » 

?,°srS?^<e"'suSy--be.';°Sve 



'^or three years. 



:ougregatloi 



1 of 



igreganou. uv "■ 
""t:, „.fl.-n elected for th© >■—— -- 

"■•''\„ fiilvet churcu. Officers were eeci«u ^^.^^ ^j 

the Mt. 9"'^;jt\on was beld for a minister. 



three ji^id. "" 



r Emma Minzel. 



>SjieraTeSb''er'°prr 
I Stendance. Alter Sunday- 







to come. This luui^'-o. 
. „. 3 ■" : • „„_ i,pi,uh for a number of 

--.f'S"S"S:;^'h^vSg'iai;:"£':Sve_»..^i,;sti 

mouths, and tue u"\ _ __, hcQiina. ont 



% OOODItOW, BmeUn©. 

X riaytlm© and Best. 

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the children. Each poem fa 

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E"*'^" -uch poems as ' How tue ^^ gj^^p My 

"riieX:u8hloned Palace. _ ..h""?..;^ » " 'Th* 
■^U^_i. .■ !■ A runnlnf 



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much to tb. charm ol^.t^ 
<?-?. .»."T^irb?onedP...«."J -■■£-,; 
r^g".",.o"tfni Panay,' 
fek'¥;ain,;^^t«elhe. 



ping, ^U f" "X Cunning I^uiie ^o""' „„r 
tie one. Rest, ,^ nlirispectlul Pansy,' /^l' 
one', .Hour," .," .^ S"™,^ , large nnmherol 



). My >i"- 
. -Th« Wee 
"The Two- 






V"''ie?''prrre'.e«Ved"the 
Banover. /»■""„ gralelo 



SSn' nS con3™«a - 
Sunday evening we held 



communiou ou. — 
leu i». ,—^-„ „„,ior Bro. Charles Steer 
^r"."'."!; "."i'vaTteginnlng Nr- ™ "' 



well attended. 



?.asT'B"'st°ee"m.« «■»*»"«, 
-^''"■-Fyiad lor the presence ol 

I dlBtance.— tUrfl-) ••• 



The meeung "•"• ■■--- ^iniRters from : 

visiting "embers and mloK 

Strawser. Newport, Pa^ D^_^ ^, Mary^.nd,_..b..ed^ with , 



i;^in:V't'be'^"."«"5:::i.;r-Bose 

»"»■ '"■ . , ..ouncll Dec. : 

,V„de. cburcb ™'„;°;;..,„„ Br< 

frcSJaa'^rS' «-!« ' 
Ol '•'"' . ., n_n njivpr cave us a 



be restored to health 
Berry, Stanley, Wis- 




. Roy 



at 7 P M.. -with our \ 
'Fierheller was elected 
• Myra Crlpe, president 
r the business had been 
- good instnic- 



We pay the postage. 
BRETHREN PUBLISHING HOUSE, 

Elgin, lUinois 



" B«le8* o( meetings 



Tvlaad. labored with ub in 
;' PeWrBbutg. whieU closed 



^^'i;^.S,'r"b%!"box"4, Stanley, Wis.. D 



The Gospel Messenger 



"SET FOR THE DEFENSE OF THE GOSPEL."— Philpp. 1: 17 



Vol. 66 



Elgin, 111., January 13, 1917 



No. 2 



In This Number 

Editorial,— 

Having Power with God, 



Is Your Sympathy Like Judah's 
The Language of Jehovah, 



Missionary Problems, 

"What the War Is Teaching" (A. C. W.) 

"The Lesser of Two Evils" (D. W. K.), , 

The Church and Society.— No, 4 (H. A. B.) 

The Doctrine of Fatalism (H. B. B.) , 

ntrlbutors' Forum, — 

O Holy One (Poem). By B. F. M. Sours 

Ofhcial Qualilicatioiis. By J. B. Brumbaugh, 

Aa Others See Us. By Omer B. Maphls , 

Eider Daniel Hays. By D. H. Zlglei 



Unreasonableness, By A. I. Mow, S 

The Bound Table, — 

"What It Means to Have Some One Dwell Overhead. By 



Here we have the type of those who think that, when 
they are not as bad as they might be, they are really 
quite good. If they had thought to commit a terrible 
crime and have toned it do\^gi to some milder form of 
iniquity, they feel quite virtuous. As long as they can 
find other people doing things of which tliey would 
not be guilty, they have a very delightful " holier-than- 
thou " opinion of themselves. Thus people compare 
themselves among themselves and are not wise. 

Judah is also kin to tliose who find it easy to be 
generous when it promises quick dividends. Or, rath- 
er, to those who, under pretense of being generous, are 
really working some shrewd scheme of personal profit. 
Now that we have learned that not only honesty, but 
even generosity, is the best policy, there may be all the 
greater need of a careful search of motives. 



Home and Family,— 

The Beautiful Situation of the Christian Church (Poem). 

By Jag. A. Sell, 

Be Merciful. By Elizabeth D. Rosenberger, 



Patience In Suffering. By C. 



...EDITORIAL,... 



Having Power With God 

It is a strange perversion of the incident of Jacob's 
wrestling with the angel that has found in it the teach- 
ing that God must be wrestled witli to get his blessing. 
Not the duty of wrestling witli God, but the folly of 
fighting against him, is its true lesson. Note that God 
himself is the assailant and that the conflict is pro- 
longed only because Jacob will not yield. It is Jacob's 
stubborn strength that must be broken. As soon as 
this is accomplished, the battle is over. To be sure, 
Jacob wins a victory too, but it is in his own defeat 
that the victory comes. 

" I will not let thee go, except thou bless me," in- 
dicates the change in Jacob's attitude. He has been 
trying to overcome his antagonist. Now he acknowl- 
edges himself beaten, resists no longer, and humbly 
clings to his conqueror in supplication for his blessing. 
He stops wrestling and goes to praying, and he has not 
long to wait for the answer. To bless him was just 
what God was wanting to do all the while. 

God does not need to be assailed in the manner of 
the Baal prophets on Mt. Carmel, as if with battering 
ram we would take his fort by storm ; but the thigh- 
muscle of our own self-will sometimes needs to be 
shriveled before God can do anything with us. Noth- 
ing that we can do can possibly make God more willing 
to help us, for his great Father-heart is already break- 
ing with eagerness to give good things to his children; 
but there may be. much that we can do to make our- 
selves willing to be helped by him in his way. Having 
power with God is not overpowering him but rather 
allowing him to overpower you. " When I am weak, 
then am I strong." 



Is Your Sympathy Like Judah's? 

When Joseph's brothers were about to kill him, one 
of them, you remember, protested and proposed a dif- 
ferent procedure. The generous spirit of Judah, in 
this transaction, is of a kind by no means extinct. He 
would not be so cruel as to slay his own brother, his 
own fiesh. He would simply sell him to the Ishmaelites 
and let them do with him what they please. What 
that would be was no concern of his. The full meas- 
ure of his kindness does not appear until we notice 
that incidentally this course would bring some pay. 
" What profit is it if we slay our brother? " But if we 
sell hjm we can make some money and be guiltless of 
murder besides. It was a powerful argument and of 
course it won. 



The Language of Jehovah 

A WORD is a means of self-expressfon. You employ 
words to enable your companion to know what you are 
thinking; that is, to know you. John tells us that Jesus 
Christ is God's word to men. This was God's way of 
talking to us, his way of making himself known. The 
divine language is neither English, nor Greek, nor Es- 
peranto. It is a living Person, dwelling among men. 

If you want a philosophical definition of God, con- 
sult the dictionaries and theologies. If you want a 
practical view of God,— one that will help you in your 
li-fe problems, — look at Christ. What you need to 
know about God is, how he is related to you, how he 
feels toward you and what he intends to do with you. 
The answer to these questions is Christ. " No man 



hath seen God," but Jesus has made him known. Study 
him. He is God's very voice, sounding in your dull 
ears. — — ^_^^^ 

Missionary Problems 

As a sample of the numerous and perplexing prob- 
lems which constantly confront the General Mission 
Board, take this one, which came up for consideration 
at the December meeting: 

The Government of India, in consideration o'f the 
service rendered the cause of education by the various 
missionary societies through the schools which they 
have established, allows these societies " Grants-in- 
aid " for their educational work. Just now there is 
considerable agitation for a " conscience clause " in the 
India educational code, according to which attendance 
upon Bible classes and all religious instruction, in the 
mission schools, would be optional. That is to say, the 
Grants-in-aid would be continued, provided pupils are 
permitted to avail themselves of the faciUties offered 
for " secular " education, without being required to re- 
ceive the religious instruction also. 

This situation creates an interesting problem for the 
missionary societies. Instruction in the Bible and the 
Christian religion is, of course, the principal purpose 
of the mission schools. Shall the societies, then, resist 
as strongly as possible, the enactment of the " con- 
science clause"? And in the event of its enactment, 
either with or without their opposition, what shall be 
their attitude? Shall they abandon their educational 
work? Or shall they attempt to carry it on without 
any government aid? Or shall they accept the " con- 

(Conllnued on Page 20) 



"What the War Is Teaching" 



And Other Good Books 



I WONDER how many of the readers of the Messen- 
ger have had the privilege of reading the little volume 
" What the War Is Teaching," by Charles Jefferson. 
It is a series of lectures which was originally delivered 
by the author before the Ohio Wesleyan University, 
concerning the great war in Europe, now raging. It 
is the most helpful and Christian statement that I have 
anywhere read. It is a book which all of our ministers, 
who stand for the real teachings of our Lord, on the 
subject of peace and good will, ought to read. And the 
book is written in such a manner that I can not help 
feeling that our people would enjoy it to an unusual 
degree. Unless I am greatly mistaken, our ministers 
would find inspiration and materials for a sermon on 
the subject of peace. And certainly, in a time like this, 
we need every possible help and encouragement along 
these lines. 

Another Book 

It has also been my privilege, recently, to feast day 
by day, as I was riding to my work on the street car, 
on a little book that fits snugly into your pocket, en- 
titled " The Meaning of Prayer," by Fosdick. There 
are other books which are probably more profound and 
more systematic and more scriptural, on the subject of 
prayer, but I know of no single volume on this most 
vital subject which will probably meet such a wide re- 
sponse as this book. In fact, I think the book has had 
a wider circulation than any other single volume on the 
subject. There was a time when, I am told, they were 
unable to print the books rapidly enough to supply the 
demand for them. . 

It is a book, especially suited for the study of our 
young people. It is arranged with particular reference 
to being read in small installments. I could wish that 
every minister and Sunday-school worker of our 
church, and every earnest-hearted young man and 



woman would read and reread, digest and assimilate, 
this book. In fact, I am wishing that both this and the 
book mentioned first might be gotten out in special edi- 
tions and, iif some way, put into the hands of all our 
ministers. 

Some Other Good Books 

And while I am at it, I would like to name another 
book or two. There is no author to whom I personally 
am more largely indebted than to F. B. Meyer. I think 
I have read more than fifty of his books. It was a 
great day in my life when, as I was wandering about 
the streets of Pittsburgh, I stumbled into a bookstore, 
and, as I was browsing about among the book shelves, 
as I love to do, I came across a volume by this author. 
Jt went very deeply into my heart and made such a 
profound impression upon my mind, that one by one I 
have been searching out his other books. 

Most of our ministers, I hope, are already familiar 
with F. B. Meyer through the Gish Fund book, entitled 
" Expository Preaching," and if they have given the 
book the attention it deserves, they can not help hav- 
ing fallen in love with the author. Let me, therefore, 
call attention to the fact that there are at least several 
score of his other books that are equally excellent. 

Perhaps the very liest of thetn all, to begin with, 
would be the one entitled, " Israel a Prince witli God." 
How I do wish that thousands of copies might be sold 
among our people who are hungering for real spiritual 
food and inspiration. 

When you have read that, you will want to read 
others of the same series, — Character Studies of Abra- 
ham, of Moses, of Elijah, of John the Baptist, etc. 

And if our ministers once get started on expository 
preaching, and have once tasted its real power, they 
will want other of Dr. Meyer's books, such as Exposi- 
tions of Hebrews, 1 Peter, and Philippians. 



IS 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 13, 1917 



It would be hard to imagine a greater blessing that 
would come to tlie ministrj' of our cluirch and the 
slieep they feed, tlian that obtained through the reading 
and help of tliese books.* W'e should reinstate in the 
Ouirch of the Brethren expository preaching, such as 
our fathers used to do when they had almost no other 
books, and spent their days and nights reading and 
meditating on the Word, — instead of being distracted, 
as our ministrj' of today is, with such a multitude of 
other things. As a result of the latter, it may be doubt- 
ed wlietlier ever, in the history of our church, the 
preaching has been as superficial and unsubstantial as 
at the present time. Too many of our preachers have 
caught the contagion which we have always lamented 
in many ministers of other churches, of finding their 
sermons in books, tlieologies, magazines and news- 
papers, instead of in the Word. a. c. w. 



*' The Lesser of Two Evils " 

Herod was in a predicament. He made a rasli prom- 
ise, and got into a dilemma. He had either to keep 
his promise, and kill an innocent man, or break his 
promise, which was humiliating. He foolishly did the 
worse of two evils. Theoretically, it is bad to 
break a promise, but if we sinned in making a bad 
promise, we should not commit a bigger sin and carry 
it out. Here is the place for repentance. Sin brings 
all of us into dilemmas where we can no longer choose 
the absolutely right, but the riglit now is the " lesser of 
two evils." 

The question of war, in my judgment, is often to be 
so understood. Good people believe that certain wars 
have caused great good. The Revolutionary War gave 
us liberty from the tyranny of George HI; tlie Civil 
War freed the slaves and maintained the union ; the 
Spanish-American \\'ar relieved Cuba from intolerable 
oppression. Good has come out of these wars. So 
have the writers of the Old Testament interpreted the 
wars in tlieir day, as the wars of Jehovah, — either to 
punish Israel, or to punish their enemies, and in eacli 
case God was glorified. DoeS this prove that war is 
right? Does this mean that war, and preparations of 
war, are good for the nation? 

Impartial historians have shown us that all the wars 
of the past could have been averted, and that more prog- 
ress toward amelioration could have been made by 
otlier methods. Perhaps tlie Civil War was a lesser 
evil than slaverj^ but who would not say that it was an 
evil, nevertheless? Was w'ar the only* alternative? 
Perhaps, according to the point of view of that day, but 
judged by the light of tlie Gospel of Christ, was there 
not a better way ? It surely would have been cheaper 
to free the slaves without war, tlian with war. 

If we assume that Christianity shall lose all its pow- 
er, its savor and its life, we might as well commit our- 
selves to a war policy. But if we would hear the voice 
of the prophets, and turn unto God, and treat all men 
as brethren, then there is no need and no occasion for 
war. 

B,ut, you say, we know that most men are not C-hris- 
tians, — at least in the true sense, — that, therefore, we 
must prepare ourselves. But if the Christians them- 
selves lack faith, how can they create faith? If we 
say, " The G6spel of Jesus is good and true, but it will 
not work in our case," then that Gospel can not work 
because no one works it. I am convinced that if all 
who pretend to be Christians would seriously and sin- 
cerely live the life of sonship to God, and brotherhood 
to man, there would be no occasion for war at all. 
But a program of " preparedness " is a confession that 
we do not intend to follow the Gospel plan, and the 
Gospel plan must fail. 

That is the reason why the pessimist is really an an- 
archist. His faith, his conversation and his conduct 
bring about the destruction which he claims to foresee. 
Ihe optimist docs not merely foresee victory for his 
cause, he creates it by his faith and his works. I still 
believe " there is no just war, and no unjust peace." 
War, at best, can only be the lesser of two evils, and 
peace is no peace that is not founded on justice. All 



wrong has, within itself, the elements of self-destruc- 
tion and discord. 

What the world needs is a race of prophets, men of 
vision, who can guide us through the maze of erroneous 
jihrases, and the fogs of doubt and fears. We need a 
faith that can create righteousness and peace among 
men, — a faith that believes and trusts, and lives the 
divine life and propagates the Kingdom of God, — a 
faith that keeps us out of the dilemma where war 
seems to be necessary, as the lesser of two evils. 

-^^— ^^.^-^ 15. w. K. 



The Church and Society 

No. 4.— The Church and Poverty 

The world is full of poverty. Even our own pros- 
perous country is not exempt, for " as long ago as 1890 
a number of authorities estimated that at least 3,000,- 
000 people in the United States, or one-twenty-fifth of 
the population, were receiving aid which was report- 
ed." It was further estimated that the annual cost of 
supporting ihese dependents was not less than $200,- 
000,000, or an amount equal to one-tenth of the total 
wages paid b)' the manufacturing plants of the country. 
Whether or not these estimates are accepted, the fact 
remains that there are other considerations that will 
lead the investigator to conclude that the figures must 
be substantially correct. 

Take, for example, some of the causes of poverty, 
and think how far tliey may be efifective in even rural 
communities. O^e author gives such causes as the fol- 
lowing: (1) Mental and physical degeneracy, (2) 
undervitalization, (3) disease, (4) lack of judgment, 
(5) unhealthful appetites, (6) shiftlessness and idle 
habits, (7) unwholesome and poorly-cooked food, (S) 
disregard for family ties. Now add to all these the 
fact that our economic conditions are in a constant* 
state of flux and change. Any day new inventions may 
result in a further division of labor that forces new 
adjustments on the part of the working people. Even 
in agriculture the methods are on trial; they have been 
weighed in the balances and found wanting. The 
young man who went home co a mortgag-ed farni, paid 
off the debts, and accumulated a balance of $17,000 in 
the bank, in five years, but illustrates that the old-line 
farmers must brush up or lose out in the race. All of 
this goes to prove that the problem of poverty' is not 
yet settled. Evidently the words of the Master, " The 
poor ye have always," stand in no immediate danger of 
revision. 

Perhaps this apparent hopelessness in the situation is, 
in some sense, responsible for a kind of selfish and in- 
discriminate giving. It is true that the Bible teaches 
that we should help the unfortunate. Most every one 
can recall what the apostle James says about pure and 
undefiled religion. Yet tliere is nothing in this passage 
to indicate that the giver should minister with no other 
thought than the laying lip of treasure to his own ac- 
count. It is just such short-sighted and indiscriminate 
giving that tends to increase poverty. Liberality may 
ease the conscience, but that is no sign that it will bene- * 
fit the one who receives the gift. 

Thdre are plenty of examples to show that it takes 
more than liberality to meet and cope with the problem 
of poverty. The Romans were princely givers, but 
their selfish charities at last made the lower classes a 
willful rabble of beggars. " At the time of Augustus, 
it is estimated that 580,000 persons received relief in 
the city of Rome." Or again, " It is estimated that 
Nero, during his reign, disposed of food, etc., valued 
at $96,500,000 to the people, and that Hadrian gave 
food, etc., valued at about $165 per capita to the people 
of Rome." The Roman method of giving did nothing 
to help the poor, for it broke down their last spark of 
independence and made them a permanent charge. It 
even did more, for it brought to that great city the 
shiftless elements from every corner of the empire. In 
modem times the well-intentioned but rather unwise 
" Poor Laws " of England aggravated conditions. 
"The nation still suffers from the evils of a short-sight- 
ed policy. Although it possesses the most elaborate 
state poor relief system in existence, no nation has 
greater burdens to bear from pauperism." 

The best of experience seems to indicate that- our 
gifts to the poor should be alms indeed. It takes more 
than checks and coin to restore the unfortunate to re- 



spect and independence. Indeed one of the worst 
things that can happen to the poor is the breaking down 
of whatever remnant of independent spirit they have. 
When alms are freely accepted, that is, without any 
semblance of recompense, then it is just alms and more 
alms; and the more such persons get, the more they 
want, and the more they want and get, the more they 
demand. \Vho has not seen the poor that have re- 
ceived liberally, at last demanding further gifts by 
what they feel to be their rights? 

But these paragraphs are not meant to be a tirade 
against giving. Charity of the substantial sori; is one 
of the fundamental Christian virtues and need not be 
argued here. But w^hat is necessary is a realization of 
the fact that all Christian giving should aim to be con- 
structive in its results. The development of Associ- 
ated Charities, in cities, is an effort to move toward 
this ideal. Wherever help is duplicated, the shrewd 
beggar stands a good chance of becoming something of 
a capitalist. 

And now for the church and poverty. The church 
is one of the great agencies, — in fact the great agency, 
that must be depended upon to go ahead in the work 
of reUef for the poor. But although the causes of 
poverty are^many and the suffering great, the church 
must remember to combine liberality vvitli the utmost 
tact and intelligence. This is an ideal that may be very 
hard to apply in concrete cases, and yet this is no ex- 
cuse to give up in despair, to go back to indiscriminate 
giving, for then the last state may be worse than the 
first. So far as possible, the poor and unfortunate 
should be helped on the way to independence ; but when 
complete restoration is impossible, then the church will 
have to just do the best it can, but, of course, ever 
holding the ideal in mind. 

A clearer consciousness of method, in dealing with 
the poor, may help the church in other ways. Con- 
sider the question of finances. For some congregations 
the care of the poor is a very important item in the 
budget. Now it is easy to see that if the administration 
of funds for the care of the poor is free and easy, not 
only will the suras that are demanded, increase, but 
those who must make up the money may lose interest 
in keeping up their payments. When everything that 
is paid in, and more too, is always spent, and the deficit 
becomes chronic, the people who pay may begin to say, 
within themselves, "Oh well, what's the use!" But, 
on the other hand, if they see that the money is care- 
fully used, rather than simply spent, their interest in 
keeping up church dues may revive. In other words, 
tliere is no reason why the Lord's money should not be 
handled with the same care and regard to results as 
private funds. It is time that we judge church work, 
not by how^ much we spend, ^ut by how it is used, and 
hozv much is accomplished. Such a policy may go a 
long way toward making our charity constructive and, 
at the same time, encourage giving, because the keen 
men who have the money can see that their gifts are 
wisely used. ^—^ ^.^-^^^ h. a. b. 

The Doctrine of Fatalism 

Of all the doctrines, extant in the world, that are ac- 
cepted by sane or intelligent human beings, it would 
seem that fatalism must be the most undesirable and 
unreasonable. It paints to its subject the darkest pic- 
ture, as a faith by which to live and die. 

Let us, for a moment, look at it, as defined by our 
best lexicographers : Fatalism : " A doctrine, that every 
event in life is so predetermined that it must inevitably 
take place. Especially the doctrine of human volition 
is decided by antecedent causes, acting by necessity; 
physical determination." Thus there seems to be no 
ground left for hope of a possibility, that the happen- 
ing, whatever it may be, can, in any way, be sidetracked 
or avoided. 

Of course, there are different phases of this doctrine, 
but all lead to a similar conclusion and result in this 
end, — a fate unchangeable and without a ray of light 
or hope. 

Just where this doctrine had its origin, and by whom, 
it is hard to determine, as it is evident that it must have 
been the fruit, growth and development of a mind that 
was as dark, a:s hopeless and as godless as is the doc- 
trine itself. 

And yet, and yet, — you may ask : " Can a doctrine so 



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unpromising and so bereft of hope, have any follow- 
ers?" O, yes, there are only too many of them, from the 
fact that there is a large number of people in the world 
today, — and there always has been, — who would like 
to get God out of the way, and if they could succeed in 
establishing this doctrine in their own minds, tliey 
would derive therefrom at least some satisfaction. It 
is a well-established truth that drowning men do grasp 
at straws, but how futile is the grasp, and how disap- 
pointing the hope ! 

One of the elements of this doctrine is obedience to 
natural laws. It is maintained that any violation to 
them means suffering the attached penalty without any 
possible way of escape. We are told that these laws 
are inexorable, — not to be changed or moved by any 
kind of persuasion or force. They are said to be in- 
flexible, the attached penalty always following as a re- 
sult. These laws have been so made and fixed that 
there is no room left for mistakes, chance, luck or 
providences. This, of course, leaves out of question all 
possibility of the God, in whom we believe, in any way 
interfering with these laws or showing his mercy and 
grace towards those who, by mistake or through igno- 
rance, may violate his laws. The inference, of course, 
is, that those who believe in this doctrine do not have 
any use for the God in whom we believe. There is no 
place left for his being, work, and the exercising of his 
beneficences, love and power. 

It may be asked, " From whence came these laws? " 
It is not our purpose to undertake to answer a question 
for which there is none to give, although there are a 
number of theories given which, we suppose, were or 
ought to have been, satisfactory to those who gave 
them. At least, they were the best that could be made, 
when there could be no foundation discovered, on 
which to base them. 

Long before the " beginning," as we have it recorded 
in Genesis, the gods and goddesses, — as they were 
evolved from the cell theory and others, — held a con- 
ference, at which these laws of nature were formed, 
discussed and adopted. After that a compact was 
entered into that they should, henceforth and forever, 
remain fixed and be unchangeable throughout the ages 
to come, in their fulfillment. Their legitimate fruit 
should follow, as cause and effect follow each other, 
both in obedience and disobedience thereto. Hence, 
implicit obedience to these laws means prosperity, 
blessing and eternal happiness, and to disobey, the op- 
posite. Disobedience is fatal, because, in the doctrine 
referred to, there is no God to exercise control and 
power over these laws, and no Jesus Christ that has 
made atonement for the repentant sinner. 

In our study of this fatalistic doctrine, our heart is 
made to bleed for those who accept it, who try to live 
in it, and who expect to die in it. How sad and dark 
must be the life that tries to get its pleasures, enjoy- 
ments and hope for the future from the assumed merit 
of its own righteous living! When disappointments, 
accidents, disease, pain and prospective death come, 
their only assuring hope is found in the fact that they 
are now enduring the penalty of violated laws. Not 
until the last penny is paid, do they expect any cessa- 
tion of the miserable condition in which the fatalistic 
doctrine has placed them. And even then, what can 
the end be? 

Turning away from the doctrine of the fatalist, we 
turn to the doctrine of God and how soul-comforting 
is the contrast ; " O taste and see that the Lord is good ! 
Blessed is the mdn that trusteth in him." " The angel 
of the Lord encampeth around about them that fear 
him, and delivereth them out of all their troubles." 
" He is a very present help in every time of need. 
Therefore will I put my trust in him." 

And why not? Suppose there are a few things about, 
or in, the scheme of redemption and salvation thjit we 
can not understand ! It is enough for us to know and 
believe the many precious promises which he has made 
in his blessed Word, and wait with patience the time 
of his coming, when he says : " We shall know as we 
are known." We need not allow ourselves to be cast 
about by every wind of doctrine, founded only on the 
visionary opinions of men, who, in their vain searching, 
are trying to find a god tliat can be made to accommo- 
date them after their understandings. h. b. b. 



CONTRIBUTORS' FORUM 



O Holy One! 



BY B. F. M. SOURS 
I bow, in adoration, low before the King Divine, 

The majesty, the holiness, the glory, Lord, are thinel 
My little heart in stain of sin shrinks from tiiy searching 

But 01 the heavenly angels thrill with thy eternal praisel 

Holy One, the Great White Throne shall judge the 

thronging spheres, 
And righteousness shall reign with thee, and sin shall 

For over all the worlds of light, while holy angels sing. 
All hearts shall bow before thy sway and own thee as 
their King. 

1 own I have not lived aright; I own I am defiled: 

But JesuB died to ransom me and make me so thy child: 
O Jesus, "Thou canst make me cleanl" I bring my suit 

All humbly, but thy trusting one, for immortality. 
Jesus, my Savior, thou art ptire, thou art "The Holy 
One"; 

I fall before thy feet in shame; my heart is all undonel 
Thou art the Son of God; divine, thou art the King above, 

And all thy Throne is righteousness, and all thy heart 

O Holy Onel The rolling orbs are fashioned by thy 

The judgments of ten thousand worlds, thine empire, O 
how grand! 
Await the Coronal of joy when all shall be complete. 
And every heart in homage low shall worship at thy 
feetl 
My Monarch! Sovereign of my heartl Be thou my Lord 
alonel 
Holy, all holy, thou art King, and holy is thy Throne! 
O Holy Onel All purity, all glory, power, arc thine, 
And Love is Conqueror of earth, for Love is Cliri>,t 

Divine. 
Mechanicsburg, Pa. 



Official Qualifications 

BY J. B. BRUMBAUGH 

At our official meeting the question of electing dea- 
cons came up and this, of course, led to the consider- 
ation of qualifications. Some of the brethren thought 
that we might not have among us those who are proper- 
ly qualified for the work ; others thought we have the 
material, if such brethren are properly instructed. The 
subject caused a little discussion, in which we took no 
part, but we now feel like presenting a few thoughts. 

First let us look at Acts 6. It is thought by some of 
our brethren that the persons set apart to serve tables 
are not the deacons of the church, and to our mind it 
is not a matter of great consequence. There are, how- 
ever, two reasons why I think that the " seven " were 
deacons. First, the work for which they were set apart 
was similar, in some respects, to the work of deacons, 
so called, a few years later. Second, the Greek word for 
serve is diakonein, from which we derive the word 
"deacons." There are other reasons, but I do not care 
to discuss this phase of the subject. They had an im- 
portant office to fill, and the qualifications for it we 
ought to think about. I am convinced that the selection 
of men to attend to certain duties in the church is 
often done in an indifferent manner. " Look ye out 
among you," implies that the brethren were to give 
close attention. They were not to make choice of such 
men as were previously partial or indiflferent to their 
work. The neglect was not accidental. It was a pre- 
meditated act, or how can we account for alms being 
withheld from a particular class only? The complaint 
came from the foreign bom Jews against the home 
bom brethren. Hence they were to be on the lookout 
that this type of brethren are not chosen, or there may 
be a repetition of the same trouble. 

Further, they are to be men of honest report, — that 
is, there is to be no doubt expressed in reference to 
their honesty. As was said of a certain one, " He was 
never known to be dishonest in anything, and can be 
fully trusted. This is the verdict of everybody." This 
Was the kind of men, precisely, that was to be selected 
to care for the widows. 

They were to be men full of the Holy Ghost and wis- 
dom. The word full is significant. There is such a 



thing as having the Holy Ghost, and yet not be filled. 
The same may be said of wisdom. It is also said of 
Stephcii that he was full of faith, — another essential 
qualification. If men of these qualifications were se- 
lected to care for the church, there would be a great 
force at work, — a power that would be seen and felt. 
Some time ago a brother said, in reference to a certain 
church, " It can never prosper until it gets a different 
type of officials. They are too frivolous, and do not 
seem to realize the responsibility of their position." 
By this he meant that they lacked seriousness, and 
spoke of tlie functions of their office with indifference. 
There is loo much of this feeling among the officials. 
Because of this the church loses influence and power. 

Every official should have a good knowledge of the 
Bible. Stephen had, as is shown in Act% 7: 1-50. No 
one could have given such a complete historical review 
without being familiar with the Biblical record. How 
many of our church officials show a similar knowl- 
edge of God's Word? And yet it is an essential quali- 
fication of an official, — a guide book, both in matters 
of conduct and in manner of life. The Word of God 
speaks a great deal of having Christ in men if they are 
Christians. Christ speaks of abiding in his people. St. 
Paul speaks of being " filled with the Spirit," " filled 
with all the fullness of God," as a very desirable ex- 
perience. This is a high ideal but, according to God's 
Word, it should be the aim of every Christian, and 
those occupying official position shoufd be examples of 
this highest expression of the Christian life. 

In 1 .Tim. 3: 8-13, we have the qualifications of 
church officials referred to a little later in the church's 
history. I am not sure that the difference in time af- 
fects the qualifications. They are practically the same. 
Perhaps the church needs to give special attention to 
the " double-tongued," and the " lovers of filthy lucre." 
These are too prevalent in church officials of the pres- 
ent time. 

There is another matter to which I call special at- 
tention. The church is looking out for deacons and 
perhaps certain ones are suggested. Why? Have they 
been proved? Remember the proving comes first. 
" Let these also first be proved; then let them use the 
office of a deacon, being found blameless." By this 
we do not think they are to be perfect, but, in a general 
way, no charges of Improper conduct can be brought 
against them, — of lacking in gravity, temperance, and 
having too great love for money. 

I am forcibly impressed with the fact that there is 
too much looseness among officials in many of our 
churches. There is a need of deeper piety and fuller 
consecration, and this applies to the ministry also. I 
do not mean that officials should hold themselves too 
far from the people, but they should not live as worldly 
people do. Filthy lucre has a prominent place in the 
lives of too many who hold these positions. Christ 
says, " Seek ye first the kingdom of God," 
Huntingdon, Pa. 



As Others See Us 

BY OMER B. MAPHIS 

Many times we, as Christian people, do not compre- 
hend how great an influence we are wielding upon 
those with whom we come in contact from time to 
time. We are living at a time when the question of 
attire is becoming a vital as well as an important one. 
There arc tliose wlio can give no better reason for sim- 
plicity than that it is customary to so dress. Others 
believe that Christians can not do their greatest good 
for the Master unless they are simply attired. 

The other day a new phase of the simple Hfe in dress 
was brought to my attention as I was reading one of 
our foremost social reform papers. I came across this 
editorial by a prominent author and lecturer on the 
" Single Standard " movement of the day. I quote the 
entire editorial: 

" My lecture engagements for the past month embraced 
Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, and Col- 
orado. The lectures were given in the first three States 
under the auspices of the city Y. M. C. A.'s and colleges. 
In the other three States they were given under the 
auspices of the Church of the Brethren or Dunkards. I 
know of no other denomination which believes in, teaches 
and practices the principles of PRACTICAL EU- 
GENICS more fully than does this church. They are 
largely a rural people and of sturdy German stock. Tlieir 



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entire membership is free from the tobacco and alcohol 
habits, with the rarest exception. Their women dress 
neatly and modestly. The dance finds no place among 
them. Hence immorality is a r, 
them. The husbands, as well as the 
bers of the church, and attend regularly 
very large number of husbands and wives, to be seen at 
their church services and Annual Conferences, impresstjs 
the eugenist with the conviction that their homes are 
united on religious matters, that the divorce evil is large- 
ly unknown and that a very large per cent of the people 
live to old age." — " Practical Eugenics," December. 

I have been wondering how many of our brethren 
and sisters realize Iiow much of social service they 
have been, or are, accomplishing, by their simple attire. 
The above author gives us something to think about. 
Let each one determine how much influence for or 
against social purity we are yielding. 

God, in the beginning, did not make the distinction 
between man and woman. That which was evil for 
women was just as evil for men. Our minds are too 
many times prejudiced by our early training against 
the single standard of morals. We should more and 
more realize our responsibility as Christians. We are 
exerting an influence for or against a social reform 
that may mean, if the fight is lost, a destroyed nation 
as was old Rome, or we can hasten the coming of 
Christ's Kingdom by winning the fight. 

Again, if you will notice, tlie lecturer is obliged to 
make even a " rarest exception " to the tobacco and 
alcohol habit among us. Does this sound good to you ? 
I am sure it does not to me. I have met those who 
say that they can not rid themselves of these habits. I 
have met others who say that, after many years of the 
habits, they have prayed that God might help them to 
quit, and he has answered their petitions. Of course, 
we can't quit any habit if we are not willing to do so. 
It is just like our praying,— God knows before we ask 
him (Matt. 0: 8),— but he wants us to know and have 
our hearts ready to receive what he has to give us. 
When you get to heaven, will you be blowing foul to- 
bacco smoke in the faces of the angels, or expectorat- 
ing brown liquid on the golden streets? Remember, 
Christ is able to help vou get rid of evil habits (2 Cor' 
9:8;Heb. 2: 18 and 7: 25). 

Let us live up to the beautiful picture the lecturer 
has of us,— not to be seemingly good to men, but for 
the glory of Christ's Kingdom here on earth! 
3435 West Van Bureii Street, Chicago, JlUnois. 



in addrtion to tlie schools of the community, gave hi... 
private instructors. After this, he studied in West 
Union Academy. He also liad the advantage of an ad- 
vanced course in English and Mathematics and a 
course in Greek and Latin under Prof. Schaeffer of 
Gettysburg, Pa. The study of psychology and peda- 
gogy was pursued in the normal schools of Virginia. 
Being of a studious mind, he advanced beyond the lim- 
its of the courses given him at school. Without an in- 
structor, he sufficiently mastered, for all practical pur- 
poses, the subjects of literature, physiology, hygiene, 



order. To those younger in the work for the Master 
he was a father indeed. His desire was that others 
should be able to carry forward the work when he laid 
his armor by. Truly, however, he will be deeply 
missed for years to come. The entire Linville Creek 
church, with his faithful companion and five children 
who survive him, are much grieved because of the 
great loss we have sustained in the death of Eld. Hays. 
Broadway, Va. 



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Faithful Unreasonableness 



Elder Daniel Hays 

BY D. H. ZrcLER 

When the messenger of death, Nov. 5, called Eld. 
Daniel Hays from our midst, in his seventy-eighth year 
the church at large, and especially the church in Vir- 
ginia, lost one of her most widely-known ministers. 
For half a century he had labored for tlie church, and 
for tlie greater part of that time he was prominent in 
her councils. Year by year he was a most familiar 
figure at our District Meetings and at our Annual 
Meetings. By appointment, he served on a number of 
important committees. This, with the many articles 
he contributed to our church papers, made his name 
well known throughout the Brotherhood. 

However, in the community where he lived, and in 
his home church, the feeling of esteem and the bond 
ol affection were the stronger. His high ideals of 
Christian deportment commanded the respect of every 
one, and his intense desire for the w-elfare of the 
church impelled others of like interest to draw near to 
him in the bond of brotherly love. This became the 
more evident as the shadows lengthened o'er his path- 
way. 

At the time of his death it was well known that a 
great and good friend had been called away. M'hen his 
funeral was held, it seemed as if everybody wanted to 
be there, to do honor to the godly man that had fallen 
So impressive was the large concourse of people,-the 
like of which had not been seen on a similar occasion at 
the Linville Creek church,-that the unbidden remark 
was heard by the writer, "After all, it is the life one 
lives that counts most," ' 

Eld. Daniel Hays was born in Hardy County, Va. 
fnow Grant County, W. Va.), May 16, 1839 His edu- 
cational advantages were above the ordinary of that 
time. Being weak physically, when young, his parents 



At the age of twenty-one he began teaching and for 
forty-seven years, with the exception of only a very 
few sessions, he followed this important profession. 
At first he was associated with his uncle, W. S. Lyon 
in a school at Brandonville, Va. After this he taught 
a number of years in difl^erent schools in West Virginia, 
and one year, each, in Pennsylvania and in Maryland. ' 
Sept. 3, 1872, he was united in marriage with Sarah 
Myers, and from tliis time on he made his home in the 
Valley of Virginia. Here, also, he followed his chosen 
profession. He taught a number of terms in the grad- 
ed schools of the surrounding community, and" for 
some years he was associated with the management of 
the Virginia Normal School (now Bridgewater Col- 
lege) as trustee. For one year he served as president 
of the facult)'. Many of his old students delight to tell 
of the helpful instruction received at his hands. 

As a writer. Eld. Hays is well known to the readers 
of tlie Gospel Messenger. He contributed to its col- 
umns and to other church periodicals for more than 
forty-five years. He wrote well on biography, church 
history, and church government, but his master strokes 
were usually made on Bible doctrine. He usually gave 
much thought to his subjects, and then pVesented them 
in a clear and concise way. Associated with Eld. S F 
Sanger, he brought out " The Olive Branch " in 1907 
" Christianity at the Fountain,"— now in the hands of' 
the publishers,-is from his pen. These are, possibly 
his most far-reaching works. 

In 1867 the Greenland church, M'. Va., called Bro 
Hays to the ministry. On his moving to the Valley of 
Virginia, he settled within the bounds of the Flat Rock 
church. Here, in 1879, he was ordained elder. I„ 
1892 he moved to the Linville Creek church, where he 
resided until his death. 

As a preacher, Eld. Hays was of the unusual order 
He was always clear and forceful. He inspired his 
audience witli sublimity of thought, and his powerful 
presemation of truth. In the prime of manhood the 
doctrmal discourse was largely his preference, and at 
that time he was a debater with whom an opponent did 
wisely to reckon well. In later years his chief delight 
was to speak on such subjects as "The Triumph of 
faith, ^ ■ God's Infinite Lo^■e,■' " The Beauty of Na- 
ture, " The Inspiration of Song in Worship " His 
last discourse was preached on "The Final Triumph of- 
Christs Kingdom." He spoke with his usual mental 
vigor and power m presenting his thoughts, but while 
yet speaking, he received the paralytic stroke that took 
away his useful life. <- 

In- committee work. Eld. Hays was conscientious 
and painstaking. His wide experience helped him to 
deal with the most perplexing problems. He repre- 
sented his District on Standing Committee at Annual 
Meeting twelve times, and his assignment on special 
work was eommuous. He served on the Book and 
Tract Committee for more than twenty years. On the 
Messenger Advisoty Committee he.erved for a num! 
ber of years; on the General Peace Committee from its 
organization until the time of the 1916 Annual Con-- 
lerence. He was also appointed on many special com- 
mittees to churches. This sen^ice was a veritable 
schooling, to fit him for the important position as coun- 
sellor, winch came to him eariier in life than is the or- 
dinary rule. 

In caring for the church over which the Lord made 
him overseer, he was always solicitous of its welfare 
He stood strongly for the distinct Bible teaching as 
given by our forefathers. Any apparent disregard for 
■ t would bring forth strong disapproval from him* 
However, to the discouraged ones and the hearts lone- 
mg for sympathy, his words had healing in them. This 
valuable attainment he cultivated to the very highest 



BY A. I. MOW 
" He brake the sabbath, and called God his own Father." 

A MOST intolerable presumption ! Kill him ! There, 
at the sheep gate, a belated man was carrying his old 
bed out of the way. " This is the sabbath, man. It is 
not lawful for you to take up your bed." He had not 
been able, for thirty-eight years, to get off that bed, nor 
to change places except as some one would pull it 
about, with him on it. Tiiis Sabbath day a Friendly 
Young Man said, " Now get up and take your bed 
away." He could do it; praise the Lord. 

Being late and the crowd very great, he was quickly 
discovered. That was,— as they thought,— a repre- 
hensible act, a vulgarly impious trick, a most inglorious 
behavior! " How did you dare to do it? " " The man 
who healed me said I should." "Who healed you? 
Such insolent irreverence must not go unpunished." 
That was a sorely calamitous, unutterable thing— he 
brake the sabbath ! 

But it was a mercy to the poor fellow. " It was a 
violation of the sabbath and wholly inexcusable." It 
was only an act of love. " That does not mollify it." 
It was done at the first and only opportunity. " That 
does not condone it." He that did it is a kind-hearted, 
godly man. " He, assuming to be the Son of God, is a 
bigot and blasphemer. We never authorized him.' He 
. IS not orthodox. He ignores our councils. He is a 
menace to our time-honored and sacred religion. He 
teaches false doctrine. He must be killed." 

Thus they were willfully, perverselv, obstinately un- 
reasonable. Nothing, in human sense or experience, 
could induce them to reverse their minds or alter their 
course. It was their religion and it must be main- 
tained. They were the guardians of it,— self-consti- 
tuted, and recognized guardians. 
The above is the attitude of, 

1. The Jewish religion to Christ. 

2. Pagan religion to the Divine. 

3. Mohammedanism to Christianity. 

4. Mormonism to the church. 

5. Papacy to the Protestant churches. 

6. Each separate church to the others. 

7. And too frequently, councils, synods, boards, con- 
ferences and committees to proscribed churches, com- 
panies and individuals. 

Not to be pessimistic, but for our enlightenment let 
us pause and investigate this fact and be profited by' the 
solemn lesson. It is amazing that the spirit which cru- 
cified the Christ is still so largely dominant in religious 
organizations. There is a divine status to be reached 
by some living, praying, loving, growing church and 
my soul yearns for the Brethren to attain to it. 
Mexico, Pa. 



Missionary Problems 

(Continued from First Puge) 

science clause," in the belief that many, if not all who 
take the " secular " work, can be induced voluntarily 
to taKe the religious instruction also, and with the 
further hope that even those who- do not choose the 
specific religious instruction may, in other ways, be in- 
fluenced in favor of Christianity ? 

We make no attempt here to present all the aspects 
of the problem. We desire the reader to get some im- 
pression of it, and to realize that there is always some- 
thing for the Board to consider when it meets As the 
status of this matter was not such as to require im- 
mediate final action, the ground was carefully gone 
over, and the definite determination of the Board's 
policy left to a later meeting. 

Another problem which faces the Board at "this time 
IS the lack of men for the foreign field. Not that the 
women available are too numerous, but the Board does 
find special difficulty in utilizing, to the best advantage 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 13, 1917 



nnd Sister Walter, n 
Sister Ivy Walter ai 
linve seven students 



the sisters who are willing to lay their Hves upon the 
altar of missionary service, because of the scarcity of 
needed brethren workers. Where are our young men, 
— willing, eager, io consecrate their lives to the cause 
of missions? 

The matter of special gifts to missionaries on the 
field also came up for attention. The reader may re- 
call some editorial remarks on this subject in the recent 
past. The Board decided to prepare for publication 
an official statement of its position on the question. 

Consideration of the needs of the various fields, of 
course, occupied no small part of the session, and ap- 
propriations were made, so far as the resources avail- 
able would permit. All applications for help from 
State Districts were deferred until the April meeting, 
as no means for present use were on hand. 

An application for help from the relief fund for 
superannuated and disabled ministers and missionaries 
and their wives, which the Board considered entirely 
worthy, brought to mind the timeliness of our Senior 
Editor's remarks on that subject in our last issue. No 
fund is more worthy of the hearty support of the 
church than this. Many a faithful minister's useful- 
ness has been seriously crippled, not to speak of his 
own distress of mind, by the specter of approaching 
want for himself or his family. 

The Board has ?lso in contemplation a plan by 
which, in cooperation with others of our Church 
Boards, it may lend its influence toward a more aggres- 
sive forward movement along constructive lines, in all 
our leading church activities. No definite announce- 
ment is ready at this time, but something of interest 
njay be expected in the not far future. 

Bro. Charles D. Bonsack, of New Windsor, Md., 
for a number of years a most valuable member of the 
General Mission Board, was appointed to deliver the 
principal missionary address at the Wichita Confer- 
ence, while Bro. F. F. Holsopple, of Harrisburg, Pa., 
was designated to make the special missionary appeal. 



Deo. 17 Bro, 
ro. Sniltli will 
3 North Men- 



nmcers, witli Bro. M. ISloclier, elder In clinrj 
«. A collection of $4.01 wna taken nn for r. 



place continues to prosper 
despite tlie fact that It 


v^r.''v"ly"l!u 


forty-five Sundays durh 
or some other good bonk 
brnted their second spi 
selves as belnp satisfled 
years ago, and testified 
Lord Jesns. On the fol 
Bplrltnnl birthday olTer! 


itmil birthdfiy. 
■Ith the pood cl 

owinc "Lord's 1 



nistrict are sending in boxea and bundles of cIotliiiiK shnes and 
canned goods, for the needy ones of this great city.— IV. M. Pliilt. 
800 Clnnton Street, Los Angeles, Cal., Dee. 29. 

CANADA 
nnttle Creek church has met in two called councils aince our last 
quarterly council, with Bro. Geo. Strycker presldins:. We have 
seen our way clear to build a churchhouse in VIdora. The site 
has been 'selected and will be paid for soon. We want to have 
nil tilings in readiness to begin work as soon as the weather will 
peiyuit. We have had to use schoolhousea or other places for nur 
nieetlnRs. which has been quite a hindrance In many wavs.— Nellie 
Zlegler, Vidora, Sask., Canada, Dec. 29. 

COLORADO 

church met in council Doc. 8.- Eld. .Tncob 
, presided. Eld. A. A. Weaver, of the First 



Frantit, of Pruita 



Notes From Our Correspondents 



' for servicea. 
I for District 



in .Tanuary. Brother nnd Sister George Fike, of Nampa were with 
us on Sunday morning, Dec. 31. Bro. Fike gave us a soui-insplr- 
ing sermon.— Nora E. Zimmerman, Eowmont, Idahj, Jan. 1. 

Huho nutrlct Mission Point.— Under the direction of our State 
District Mission Board, w.^ held_ a short series of services from 
. Clapper, who regularly labors 



rarln 



ird's supervision. On 
^siblll ■ 



An olTcrlng of ?fi2 was taken, 
Tliomns, Nezperce, Idnho. Dee. 



fo be used iti India. —Mattle E. 



ILLINOIS 

1 church met Sunday afternoon 



anes. Oregon, III 



Effle Bourquin, R. D. 2, Cerro G.irdn, III., Jan. 1. 

INDIANA 

nine River church met In council Dec. 30. our elder, Bro. Walter 

Swihart. presiding. He was retained as elder for another year. 

decided tn Invite the Voluntpcr Mission Hand of North Manches- 

Itnnyan, Columbia City, Ind., Dpc 31. " ' 



church sent $32.76 1 



2 feast Jan. 20. 



to elect officers i 



: of candy. Satur 



—Blanche Fran 



We still nsk i 



, for the churches I 



-J. Z. Jordan, R. D. 2, Cltronello. Aln. 



ing. He was retained i 
P. F. Durr was chosen Sunday-school su 
Eva Fike, president of Christian Worker 
pected Bro. C. S. Garber, of St. Joseph, 
series of meetings in the early spring, 



, Keltner, ; 



,— Elln F, Durr, Glendale, Arizona, Dec. ; 

CALIFORNIA 
lat 1,08 Angeles congregation met in coui 
, Piatt presiding. Two letter; 
Piatt was chosen as our presiding elder 1 



(Iren were also given a treat.— Mrs. Corn E. Miller, 
Atwood. Colo., Dec. 28. 

FLORIDA 
Arcailin church met In council Dec. 27, Bro, S. 1 
siding. One letter of membership was received 



: elected a 
d n love 
Sunday-s 



Sunday-school : 



and to belong I 
poor, was provid 
Arcadia, Florida, Dec. 31. 

Santn Robb.— Thanksgiving Day we 
: preached a mission: 
tructive. An offerin 
to the India Orphanage. 1 



of Brr 



. any. 



belle 



! following Tuesda; 



'tings. — Mrs. 
pw church met In its last 
t wa.s the best meeting of 
1 was worthy of cniiimendi 
the Master equally well, Fl 
ad reeeived. The Sunday-sc 
. with Bro. Chas. Reppert as i 
tte. Ind.. Dec. 28. 
, church, In council, elected i 
in Workers' oHlcors for the j 
asked Brother I. C. Snavely 

rnhTil- ncnln for this year. 



ivlth a good Interest. 



uperintendent. — Lulu E. Boot, 



followed by ; 



Cal., Dec. 26. 



■ elder, Bro. J. 



cers of the Sunday-school and Cliristlan 
elected for the coming year, with Titus Bo\s 
superintendent, and Cora Simpson, Christiai 



lod opportuE 

caching, as 

Episcopal church i 



Bible teaching. 



Rosa, Florida, Dec. 28. 
Sobring.— The member 



■ries of Bible Land Lecturt 



i Avenue, Fresno, Cal., Dec. 25. 



and opened the meeting. Our elder, Bro, Bast 

elder. On Friday evening, Dec. 22, I 
IS program. On Sund 
Smith with us both : 



sided. Two letters 

dren rendered an excellent Ch; 



I of Dec. Ifl £ 
r them. Sunday, 



I a large audience. He spoke of the 



Hartman, Live Oak, Cal.. Dec. 



J. G. Miller, 



our District have decide 
field.— David Betts, Namp 

bill as moderator. Two i 
four received. Bro. Grayblll was elected elder 
year, and Bro. A. E. Itlddlesbarger, Sunday-sch 
for six montba. We decided to hold a Bible 



t little more 
. Gray- 



Sunday morning, Dec. 31. 
contributed to the worthy 



elected : 



attendance, but a very interesting Sunday-school.— JIlss Mary 
Hoppes, n. D. 2. Holtou, Ind.. Jan. .1. 

Goshen City church met In council on the evening of Dec. 2S. 

The following officers were elected: Pastor. Bro. J. W. Kitson; 

(Continued on Page 28} 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 13, 1917 



THE ROUND TABLE 



What It Means to Have Some One Dwell 
Overhead 

BY ANNA REED 

How many of us liave had our upstairs used as 
rooms for light liousel<eeping, by either some members 
of the family or strangers? If we have, we have some 
idea what it " really means." How plainly each move 
and sound is heard below ! Should wc sit perfectly 
quiet and listen, wc could tell or write some very in- 
teresting tilings, heard in even the. course of one day. 
On the otlicr hand, how about the " noise " that can 
be heard by those on the upper floor! Sometimes the 
children get into a quarrel. Mother takes it up, and 
sometimes, if father is in, he thinks he, too, must join 
in, in order to restore peace as soon as possible. And 
such a time as they have ! Mother is insolently ad- 
dressed and scolded by the oldest girl. Then mother, 
in a hasty, out-of-humor way, turns on the " old man," 
and what follows need not be told. 

Now comes the thought : Jesus, the holy angels, and 
our Heavenly Father " dwell overhead." Can we not 
almost see and hear their disapproval of what so many 
times happens in what "we call" Christian homes? 
Would it not be well, at all times, lo be on our guard? 
When a " little " disturbance does rise in the home, let 
" mother " simply get the attention of the naughty one 
and point her finger " up." " The home is a mighty 
test of character. What you are at home, you are 
cvei^where, whetlier you demonstrate it or not." — 
Talmage. 
Myrtle Fowl, Oregon. 



unspeakable blessing in learning how completely Qirist 
is our life. What Christ is to be to us, depends upon 
what wc arc willing to be for him. " Draw nigh unto 
God and he will draw nigh to thee." And so, in prayer, 
we have the ultimate promise, " Ask what ye will, and 
it shall be done." It has its one simple and logical 
condition, "If vc abide in me." 



is my commandment. That ye love one another, as I 
have loved you" (John 15; 12). 

In the marvelous prayer, recorded in John 17, Christ 
told his Father, " I have given unto them the words 
which thou gavest me ; and they have received them " 
(verse 8). Further on he said, "I pray for them" 
(verse 9). "Holy Father, keep through thine own 
It is Christ whom the Father always hears, for God "ame those whom thou hast given me, that they may 
Christ, reconciling the world unto himself. As ^^ ""S. ^s we are" (verse II). So much importance 



Abide in Christ 

BY CLARA NINE 

\\b can not live the Oirist-life unless Christ lives in 
us. " He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same 
bringeth forth much fruit." 

Except we abide in Christ,— keep the relationship,— 
all attempts to imitate him, be like him, will fail. Why? 
" Apart from me ye can do nothing." We can not 
separate an attribute from its source and retain its po- 
tency. We open the blinds and light floods the room ; 
we close the blinds and our light is gone. Why ? Light 
is an emanation from the sun. So Divine virtues 
emanate from Christ, and we can not have them when 
separated from him. " As the branch cannot bear fruit 
of it.^elf, e.Ncept it abide in the vine; no more can ye, 
except ye abide in me." 

Of all the promises connected with the command, 
"Abide in me," there is none that sooner brings the con- 
fession than this: " If ye abide in me, . . . ask what ye 
will, and it shall be done unto you." 

Power with God is the highest attainment of the life 
that fully abides in Christ. His indwelling makes self- 
denial easy, and makes love and loving-kindness and 
service to others a constant joy. Have you ever seen a 
seedling apple tree in the glory of spring-time, full of 
bloom and beauty, with every indication of healthful- 
ness and promise of an abundant fruitage? If you 
have, you remember how you were disappointed when, 
in the fall of the year, you found its fruit small and 
sour. And have you not seen that same tree, after it 
had been grafted with good stock, loaded with luscious 
fruit? What wrought the change? It is the same tree, 
growing in the same place and fed by the same sap. but 
the ingrafted life has changed the sap into a superior 
quality of fruit. \\'e are, by nature, seedlings. We 
produce a verj- poor quality of fruit, but when Christ 
is ingrafted, he transfers our human forces to the high- 
er plane and forms of them the fruit of the Spirit,— 
love, joy, peace, longsufFering. gentleness, goodness, 
faith, meekness and temperance. 

How much we need ingrafting I How the sin-sick 
souls about us need the personal touch of Christ-like 
goodness ! How much selfishness there is, for want of 
the transforming power of love ! How inefficient many 
Christians are who, while having so much of Christ in 
their creeds, have so little of- him in their hearts ! It 
is the humanized touch of God that awakens a desire 
for holiness. 

Many, however, in these last years, have found an 



God thus manifests himself in Christ to the saved, we 
can only reach the Father by our being in Christ. By 
being in him, we may have our prayers heard. Fully 
abiding in him, we have the right to ask whatsoever we 
will and expect a fulfillment of the promise, " It shall 
be done unto us." 

The abiding of the branch in the vine is a life of 
never-ceasing growth. The abiding, as the Master 
meant it, is within our reach, for he lives to give it to 
us. Then, as we live in such a sure relationship, let 
us exercise our right to enter into all of God's will, 
obeying all that his will commands, and claim all that 



is attached to obedience, love and union, that we should 
do everything we can lo cultivate these graces which 
give us so much power. 

A superior can transfer power to a subordinate. It 
is said that on a certain occasion Bonaparte issued an 
order to his guards, " Let no man pass." In disguise 
he tested some of the guards himself. We have the 
experience of one. After various means had failed he 
said, " I am an officer of rank and not accustomed to 
being thus detained by a private." The guard replied, 
" You could not pass if you were Bonaparte himself." 
Unexpectedly came the reply, " I am Bonaparte." 



such obedience promises. Let us yield to the teaching ^''* ^^^^ Ups and trembling voice the guard replied 



of the Holy Spirit, to show each of us, according to 
his growth and measure, what the will of God is con- 
cerning us, and what may be the latitude of our 
prayers. And let us rest content with nothing less than 
the personal experience of what Jesus gave when he 
said, " If ye abide in me, ask v/hatsoever ye will, and 
if shall be done unto you." 
Empire, Cat. 

Power 



BY J. D. HAUGHTELIN 

Webster gives twenty-five definitions of power. The 
inspired apostle says, " There is no power but of God " 
(Rom. 13; 1). All the power we have to choose be- 
tween good and evil is a gift from God. All evil pow- 
er, including the power of the devil, is an inferior pow- 
er. The superior power of God is thereby more fully 
demonstrated. In the ten plagues of the Egj'ptians, 
the great power of evil and the superior power of 
God w-ere manifest. 

Man has phj'sical, mental and spiritual power. In- 
animate objects arc said to have power. The flag of a 
nation, the star of a policeman, the regulation cap of 
a trained nurse, the badges, stripes, etc., indicating the 
rank of officers in the navy and army, all indicate pow- bo^rds'o't v 
cr. I remember that, during the Civil War, a thin 
cross section of a nut-shell, called the "Butter-nut 
badge," had a very peculiar power. 

Paul recognized tlie power of a badge or token in his 
instruction to the church at Corintli, when he said, 
" For this cause ought the woman to have power on 
her head" (1 Cor. II: 10). Thus equipped, she has 
power that she otherwise could not have. A young 
sister was traveling on a railroad train. When she 
handed her ticket to the conductor he said, " This train 



You can not pass." The great general had given to 
a private the power to prevent his passing. He was 
commended by the general with the compliment, " You 
can be depended on." 

One, much greater than Bonaparte, gave much 
greater power than he ever could. Of our Savior it is 
said, " He came unto his own, and his own received 
him not. But as many as received him, to them gave 
he power to become the sons of God, even to them that 
believe on his name: Which were bom, not of blood, 
nor of tlie will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but 
of God" (John 1: 11-13). 

Wonderful power! If we receive him and are born 
of God, he gives us power to become children of God. 
" And if children, then heirs ; heirs of God, and joint- 
heirs with Christ " (Rom. 8; 17). He wants us to be 
adopted into the family of God, but his children must 
all be volunteers. He gave us the deciding power. 
How will we use it? 

Panora, Iowa. 



I Just Can't Do It. I Haven't the Talent 

BY FRANK MUSSELMAN 
" By him were all things created." 

Quite often the members of the Sunday-school 
arious schools tell me, " We do not have the 
talent in our school." When I ask for help from some 
one, he reminds me of the fact, " I can't do it." * 

I believe the above verse would help some over that 
deceptive shoal. Being a worker among all denomi- 
nations, — large schools and small schools, — I find this 
condition everywhere, — regardless of people or loca- 
tion. Consequently it must be wrong. 

" By him were all things created." God would be 



very peculiar person to create a lot of people here, 

not scheduled to stop at this station, but your modest ^"'^ ^^^ *''''" '° '^^"V °"' '''^ P'*" °^ salvation, but for- 
bad a token with power g^'to give them the talents with which to do it. Don't 
you think so? God would be a very peculiar person, to 
pla 



bonnet will stop it." She 
enough to stop a railroad train. 

Men and women, associated together for a special P'"*^^ people here on earth without any object in mind 

service or purpose, increase their power and eflSciency ^'"' *^™ '° accomplish. God did not create you and 

by some token of recognition. Fraternal orders de- "^' '" ^ ^°^^ °* '" off-hand way, or in such haste that 

light in their badges or means of recognition. ^'^ forgot to give us the talents that are most important 



Our Savior said, " By this shall all men know that , . 
are my disciples, if ye. have love one to another" 
(John 13: 35). If all professors of Christianity would 
keep the badge of love bright by constant use, it would Persons who say, 



lives. 

He said, " Teach, preach and pray." We can not all 

do all these things, but we can all do some of the things. 

t," have a very low estimation 



do much toward winning the vorid for Christ. The of self. Especially is this true in Sunday-school work, 

kiss (the token of love), as the holy kiss or kiss of where we have, as our Guide and Help, him who is the 

charity, has been incorporated into the list of Christian greatest of Guides and Helps, 

duties. Alas, how generally it is rejected ! There was a time when men were led to believe that 

J he modest headdress, worn by our sisters, and the the devil led all he possibly could, to hell by enticing 

plain coat with standing collar, worn by our brethren, them to indulge in some dreadful sins,-such as steal- 

^'!f, ™ power. ing^ ]y|„g^ swearing, murder, hate, jealousy,— but we 

the fringe and ribband of blue, commanded by Je- have been led to believe, in later years, that the devil 

hovah to be worn by the Children of Israel, had pow- leads more people into hell by the low, underhand 

er, Ihat ye may look upon it, and remember all the trick of causing a church worker to really think "I 

commandmentsoftheLord, andrfo(Afm" (Num. 15: can't." 

i,', ,. . , We do not really mean, " We can't "; we mean, " We 

Obedience is the test of loyalty. Jesus said, " If don't want to." How much better it would be if we 

ye love me keep my commandments" (John 14: 15). would only say so! We can not pay our way into 

Again If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide heaven. There is no possible way whereby we can buy 

in my love; even as I have kept my Father's command- ourselves a ticket, either on this earth or in the'next 

ments, and abide in his love " (John 15 : 10). " This All the money in the world, or one-tenth of alj we pos^ 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 13, 1917 



sess, will not buy our way in. We have the opportu- 
nity of working our way into heaven, but there we 
seemingly would prefer to pay our way in. When we 
knock for admittance at the " Golden Gate," the door- 
keeper will not look up our record on the church 
register, but will be more interested in our real useful- 
ness. If we show the marks of service, we gain admit- 
tance, — all other things being equal, — but money cuts for the Lord's work 
no figure. The man or woman who has said, " I t 
will not be able to show real marks of service. 
Kearney, Nebr. 



to: " Others, Lord, yes, others." And again, when we 
go to church do we take our secular affairs along 
and study out theories and propositions during the 
mon ? How can the 
minds are not with hii 
to spend the Sabbath 
day business from ot 



Our Responsibility 



What Is Due the Ministry from the Laity? 

BY ETHEL FLORY 

How should we treat our ministers? How should 
we feel toward them? First, we should cooperate 
with the ministry. Take, for example, the early 
church on tKe Day of Pentecost. How was the laity 
cooperating with the ministry on that day? Jn attend- 
ance, — weren't they? They were all present, — not 
some visiting or some home, preparing for expected 
guests and yet others resting for an afternoon of 
pleasure. To be sure, illness often prevents us from 
attending services, but in many instances this illness 
could be avoided by observing God's laws of health. 
Then there is a feigned illness, called Sunday sickness. 
I wonder hov/ many of us have had an attack. That 
is none other than the evil one templing us. On days 
when the rain is refreshing the thirsty earth, the faith- 
ful minister is sure to be at his appointment, lest some 
one be disappointed. And then he may find himself 
the only one present or, perhaps, " The Faithful Few " 
will be there. Why not change that saying to the 
faithful many? We should be as thankful for the rain 
as the sunshine. But how nice and easy to stay home 
on a rainy Sunday! 

In what other way was tlie laity helping on that 
memorable day? Were there disagreements, disput- 
ings, jealousy, envy or unkind feelings toward one an- 
other? No; Luke tells us that their hearts were filled 
with Christian love. Can we expect the work of the 
ministry to result in much good when the helpers have 
contentions and wranglings among themselves? It is 
cooperation and Christian love we want. AVhen in 
union we have more power over the tempter. And 
when our hearts are filled with the love of Christ, 
thei-e is no room for evil thoughts or unkind feelings. 
And, again, we can encourage our ministers. There 
are so majiy ways in which we can do this. I shall 
mention a few. When our minister has labored hard 
during the week to prepare something good and rich 
for us, and if the sermon has helped and inspired us, 
we should tell him so, and thus make his heart glad. 
We are all human, and make mistakes,— even the 
apostles were not exempt. And if the minister should 
err or make a mistake, I feel it is due him from the 
laity to tell him of his error in a brotherly, loving and 
sympathizing way. If he is a whole-souled man he 
will accept it gratefully. 

Then there are times when the minister must be 
away from home, — often several weeks at a time, — 
holding a meeting and doing good to others. The wife 
and mother remains at home with the children,— all 
working together to keep things moving while father 
is away. How nice it would be for the members to 
show their appreciation of their minister's labors by 
helping out at his home during his absence, or, when 
he is there, if needed ! 

However, this has not always been the experience of 
our ministers. I remember quite distinctly the trials 
of one family while the father was away on ministerial 
duty. He had been unable to secure any one to take 
charge of the fann in his absence. This left his 



linister reach our souls if our 
? It seems lo me tlie right way 
■ould he lo cast aside all week- 
minds, fill Ihcm with thougflts 
,d spend the fl.Tv in full service 
for Christ. If we would Icirn lo <lo Ihis. when the 
time for services arrived we would have receptive 
minds for spiritual food, and then, do you think that 
the worthy minister would receive anything except un- 
divided attention? 

The last point I wish to mention but not the least, 
by any means, is prayer. I think we all appreciate the 
words of the poet that " more has been wrought by 
prayer than the world dreams of," and yet we often 
pray in a thoughtless, indifferent manner. We may 
even forget to include our minister in our daily 
prayers. He is human, and susceptible to sin, just as 
you and I are. Then, let us not forget him when we 



I. GREEN 

image and likeness, and 



BY FLORIDA J. 

God created man in his owr 
placed him here for a purpose. His love was so great 
for humanity that, after the great fall of man, be sac- 
rificed the precious life of his only begotten Son for 
our redemption, that we might be transformed from 
the power of darkness unto him, the Marvelous Light. 
He has endowed us wilh that faculty of mind that we 
might discern right from wrong, 

Each of us has a mission to fill ; each one is possessed 
with a talent. Christ has opened up this great plan of 
salvation for us and now he is willing and ready to 
assist us in the mission he has given us to fill. We are 
in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation among 
whom we shine as lights in the world, holding forth 
the words of -life. Then we are held responsible for 
the work we do, for the influence we wield over the 
world, — evei7 tribe and nation. 
When we take upon us this new life, we are expect- 

:d to be a truly regenerated people, living a consecrated 



pray. Perhaps, if we should utler a prayer for ou. .. , , 

preacher as often as we make an unkind remark about ''fe before the world, hvmg accordmg to our profes 
his sermons, it would do more toward helping him to 
improve his sermons than destructive criticism. I feel 
that you agree with me. 

Therefore, if any of us have not been praying for 
the minister, let us begin today to do so. Prayer, like 
nothing else, will help to bring about the cooperation, 
love and spirit of helpfulness that should exist be- 
tween the minister and laity. May we, then, the laity, 
open yet today our eyes, " that sec not," and awaken 

itry. 



to a fuller realization of o 

Let this be the prayer of i 

Stuarts Draft, Va. 



r duty toward the i 
;all! 



The Broken-Hearted 

BY KATIE FLORY 

Jesus came into this world to heal the broken-heart- 
ed, as well as to seek and to save the lost. He came to 
sympathize with us in our sorrows. 

As he went here and there, throughout the cities and 
country of Palestine he found many lonely lives and 
many hearts bowed in grief. All kinds of people came 
to him for relief, and none were turned away who 
sought him earnestly and sincerely. 

All over this land of ours there are broken-heaited 
people,— dear ones who are carrying heavy loads of 
sorrow and grief. They are waiting and longing for 
comfort and relief. Who will give it ? Here is a place 
of service in which we, as God's ministers, may be of 
great use, if we are awake,— a service sadly neglected. 
We are too busy, and hurry past the saddened ones, 
without a comforting, cheering word for them. There 
are few homes where sorrow or aflliction has not come 
in some form. A good man, one afternoon, visited in 
five homes near him, and each time, before he left, 
some crushing experience was revealed to him,— all of 
these different in their nature. Sorrow comes to the 
rich and poor alike. None escape it. Death may claim 
a lovely child, a son may become a prodigal far from 
home; we may fail in business, or in the hour of temp- 
tation fall. We sin, and all this brings groans and tears 
and sighs and heartaches. These are life's- lessons, 
which only fit and prepare us for future life, here and 
hereafter, but how the load lightens when dear ones 
comfort with soothing, sympathetic words and deeds 
of kindness! 

ll-'e may tire of hearing others' woes and troubles. 
Jesus does not. Some keep their sorrows to themselves 
because they do not want to make another unhappy, or 



sion of faith and being in full possession of the same. 
Wc are lo live up to the principles of the Gospel stand- 
ard. God requires our very best service. The outside 
world is taking cognizance of ourconduct in life and is 
a close observer of every point that marks our Chris- 
tian character. Those around us are keeping a record 
which will influence their lives, and will have its effect 
either for good or for evil. The light that we reflect 
over them, will mark their destiny for glory or despair. 

Much depends upon the influence of our lives, as to 
bringing about the future prosperity of Christ's king- 
dom here on earth. Not only is the world marking our 
fidelity but the church also. Those who see us will 
try to profit by our examples, so as to make progress in 
their spiritual life. For that reason we are held re- 
sponsible for the influence we are exerting over others, 
and also for the golden opportunities that come to us, 
in doing good and effectual work. We must not pass 
them by unheeded. 

Then, too. our influence and steadfastness have 
much to do with gaining the favor and confidence of 
others. It will tell the true story. Let our aim be to 
build up each other in the most holy faith, taking God's 
\Vord as our Counsel, our Guide and our Strength. 

Box 125, Middletowu, fnd. 



PRAYER MEETING 



because they have not learned to know Jesus as a very 

fe tender and sympathetic Friend. How much we miss 

and fittle children with added cares and responsibility, when we do not tell our sorrows to Jesus! How he 

They worked together with the fall work, preparing does lighten our load ! Tell him your sorrow if no one 

the ground for seeding, and all went well for a time, else. -He is ready and waiting to listen to all of 

until the cattle were stricken with blackleg. It was •' " - • '• •■ " » n.„„ . 

then they were sorely in need of help. Word could 



not be gotten to the fatlier, as he was laboring in 
mountain districts. There was only one who went to' 
their assistance, and he not one of their own members, 
but a Presbyterian neighbor. 

Perhaps other ministers' families have had a similar gotten ones. God will reward for the good done, 
experience, for we are all too prone to forget our mot- Union, Ohw. 



trials. He will give relief. He is just as willing 

as he was when he was called for from the Bethany g 

home, or when in Peter's home, or when the lame, sick a 

and blind called to him for help. And let us, as his " 

servants, not forget the broken-hearted ! Let us speak ^ 
words of cheer and comfort to the desolate, lonely, for 



Men's Asking and God's Giving 

Luke 11: 5-13 
For Week Beginning January 21, 1917 

1. Why We Should Ask.— If we did not ask, would wc 
receive? If we did not seek, would we find? If we did 
not knock, would the door be opened? Without doubt, 
our answer would be. "It that were our habitual atti- 
tude of mind in things spiritual, it would, in time, exclude 
all blessings ot life, and power, and growth. There would 
be no receiving, finding, or opening" (Psa. 9: 10, 12; 34: 15; 
Matt. 21: 22; Mark II: 24, 25; Heb. 4: 16; James I: 5-7; 
1 John 5: 14). 

2. The Perfect Prayer.- When one of Christ's disciples 
said- "Lord, teach us to pray," !ie gave them a certain 
form. That form, of course, calls for a heart-fell ex- 
pression, so. when we repeat the Lord's Prayer, wc must, 
first of all, make it our own. before it can become ac- 
ceptable to the Lord (Matt. 6: 5-13; Luke II: 1-4: Matt. 
7:7-11). 

3 The Surpassing Value of Prayer.- Jesus, in this mem- 
orable discourse (Luke II: 1-13). is anxious to have 
his disciples get the true worth of prayer. That point 
should be emphasized' more .strongly than that of im- 
portunate prayer. Of course, we can not realize, to the 
fullest extent, the value of any spiritual act or process, 
until wc are actuated by the spirit of faith-inspired per- 

inity) that characterized the man spoken 
(Matt. 18: 19, 20: John 14: 13. 14; Rom. 
8: 26; Heb. II: 6; James 4; 8, 10; 1 John 3: 22). 

4 God's Giving Is from an Exhaustless Source.- "~ 
freely, abundantly to all, because I 

. .„.c so abounding that it surpasses all we can possiDiy 
conceive. We may well think highly of his gifts to us 
personally, and realize that they arc tokens of his love. 
Does not his favor also imply an obligation to use all 
things in a way that will honor him (John 15: 7, 16; 
16: 23-27; Rom. 8: 15; James 1: 17, 27; 1 Peter 1: 2. 3, 17; 
1 John 3: 1; 4: 14)? 



ency (import 



all with 



AMON^JTHE CHURCHES 



Calendar for Sunday, Jan. 14 
Sundaj-scliool Lesson, John 
John 1: 10-34. 



On 



Gains for the Kingdom 

5 b.iplizcd Dec. 31, at Flora, Ind 
s baptized at Oakland, Cal., Dc( 
■ baptized recently at Santa Rosi 
i baptized recently in the Salem ( 
e baptized recently in the .^rcadi 
■e restored recently in the Prair 



the Wichita Confercnc 

The District of Texa, 

at the next Conference 



: by Bro. W. H. Nali, of Floyd 
and Louisiana is to be represented 
!>/ Bro. J. A. Miller, of Manvel, 



Bro. Blair Ho 
atcd at Mian 
afle 



ver, formerly of Mansfield, Ark., has now 
Texas, where he should be addressed 



church, Fla, 
City churcl 



Iowa. 

One was uapiizca uec. 31, at the First Churcl 
phia, Pa. 

One has 1 
tection, Kan 

Five accepted Christ dur.uE me LUn^im,. „ „ 
Enders. Nobr. i-nnstmas profiri 

T%vo confessed Christ at the Christmas prog 



i baptized Dec. 31, at th( 

I baptized since the last repoi 
ing the Christmas 



and Utah sends Bro. 
Standing Committee 



The prayer 



of the 



. Pa., during 
I. Va.,-Bro. 



Morrill church, Kan.. 

Four were baptized in the Pluntcreek chur, 
a sliort series of meetings in December 

r^ur were baptized in the Flat Rock 'chur 
S. W. See, of Mathias, W. Va., evangelist. 

-w E^a'ri^^i:\,t ,-"«--.'"'-•. '- 

Three confessed Clirlst in il,^ it ■ ^■'^"^t- 

-Bro. Ira Gibble, of Meyer^lu P^.^e^r/el^f °"' ''^'■• 

B:TS:^s^::"---::;--^';"ohio,- 
s^p/F:c.2:;rjf^--;]:-;5l^^ 

One accepted Christ in the Back C ''"''""^'=- 
Pa -Bro. S. M. Stouffer, of Newville F 

B^°Da:r,S;:-;:;-^--^e Church, O, 

Two confessed a.ri^t il M^'u io^„ Ce .'t^tl^'f " 

-Bro. Reuhe,, shroyer, of New Berlin'^ e;::ge, 

B.M.shorb,-^^-™t^t;::c 



>nErrcgali( 



■angclist. 



The District of Western Colorado 
J- R. Frantz, of Fruita, Colo., on 
of next Conference. 

We learn thai Bro. Jesse Stutsma 
PS suffernig from an attack of pneum 
llie saints are asked in his behalf. 

.^MtAirBrst^^^reS --::-; 

tianity." °"'"' " "" " ^'"= keystone ofChr,; 

Bro. J. K. Eiken.bcrry, of Mexico, Ind following l,- 

:™r^::'std^u?eT:o b""=^' '-"r ^--^ ""^--'- 

about' Ja„%:td'':'.1lamp''t:rjaTri ^r '^' ''"'' ='-"" 

M.^Flrry'ha's'r'eTun^ed?""" '", "^"^="^«= ""■<• '^- 

111. Bro F or; s now T^^'r' '° '" """" " ""''"^'^ 

applications fo^ his " ' T !.° """'"^" =<>'''"'"»' 

ions lor his services during the year 1917. 



coicernSg ?he various If,- ^f" '°r ^"formation 
whaf «,„ rij various activities of the church 
.hat"you°d d noTtofl'' "h' Would you coS 
no. better ta?orm^d7' '""^ "^"' "'=' y"" ""= 

The Brethren Family Almanac 

on'lt'^r'5 P!lf°P>^ -" give you 



Miscellaneous 

Watch closely your spiritual vision! He who can 

see a soul in need, should consult the Dlvin. n,. r . "" 

bunS?cr„'::h'ir^-5""-\^-''' ^-"^^ha^dt^ed to 

an early date '' '"'"''' "'"^ ^"^^ '° "■"?>=(= =" 

,h Jr "''T,'; "' ^'""'"' ^"«^' '°"=. "-^k" a good use of 

the Gospel Messenger by placing it reeularlv in th I, 

of members and others Tl,. " "S^'arly m the homes 

of the 1>..t / ^ workers have found it one 

lain Z "","' ■' "'="'"^W"K O"^ doctrine, and to a"! 

quaint the people in eeneral i.m*i, h,- ,.• • • 

church general with the activities of the 

apDronr aiplu- r<.n,»™i, i . -awigart is pastor, 

versarv o Rr" ? 'wenty-fifth wedding anni 

lersary of Bro. Swigart and wife, Dec 29 lOlfi a .„ • i 
program and suitable tokens of ;ppr elation made a' o'e 
casion of the kind that gladdens the hear" and furnishes" 

TT;:::;::r;:rri^-rh-':^-'~ 

Bro. G. E. Yoder, of Norristown, Pa., c 

ni cant statements and questions: "Our lives Bave »,«,. 

-rved to make the world better or worse ^B^wlich 



ongregation, by 
)ccur these sig- 



made 'footprints on the 



Sold „. 
information not eiven p1<:™V^^ - 
fo.m^ and alwaylT lur^o^^^J^^" 'g^P- J 
no agent, send 
and receive a 



agent about 

your order direct t 

copy by return mail 



copy. If the 



I wo accepted Ch 
N. Dak. 
gclisL 

_ Six were baptized in the Goslie 
Oeo. S. Strausbaugh, of Fred 



'ccepted Christ in the Morrill chur, 
-.nd Sister O. H. Austin, of McPhe 



geiist 
Five 
Brothe 
evangelists. 

Six were baptized 
the fruitage of the r 
congregation. 

Fifteen were baptized and two rec 
disc Prairie church, OkIa.,_Bro C 
Joseph, Mo., evangelist. ' 

Five were baptized at Lincoln, Nebr 
awai.ing the rite. Bro. Jarboe never 
to pass without eivino- an ,nv„.- ' 

fciung an invitation. 



City church, 
ricktown, Ohii 



. I, Ne 



Iiid..— 



Bro. U. S. Royer 
position to give hii 
work in some needy field, and invites . 
country churches, preferably in Kansa, 
■ W. M. Howe, of Meyersdale 



illn 



Kans., is 
igelistic o 
orrespond 
or adjoining Stat 
Pa., reference 
■eks ago, h; 



fron 



to 



al effort held by th 



:hurch, Minn.. 



aimed in the Para 
S. Garbcr, of St 



Dec. 31, 



> Progr< 

11, Kan; 



Jrlicld, Kans. 



'■illc hous. 



' the South 
the Wood- 



at the Mo 



Meetings 

Bro. C B. Smith, of Mor 
church, Cal. 

Bro. Geo. Canfield, of Sun 
St. Joseph church, Mo 

oX^i^'tS---,ofMcPherso 

aniioh congregation, W. Va. 

church, 'rnd.°w"ereBrr'r"F q''"" "'" ""= Copper Creek 
•s now preaching, "^^^j^^^^^fptor^ of Sumniitville, Ind, 

Contemplated Meetings 
^|}f|^^artS,t-—...o begin 

Omak Church TarTn jt^a'"^"' "'^ '° ^'«''" '•" "- 

-e?;r^-<^^:;;:ii!i-;:;;-'^^-obeginja„.2o,in 

Bro. Reuben Shroyer, of New ' 

Bro'v ;". "'i. '*'""' ''""'=^- ' 
Jan.20at':hrMtM'™:;;' f.'-""-"'-- ^-. •» begin 

Bro. E. E. Eshelman of p """ '^""Sregation, Pa. 
the middle of January i„ the Grun".' r'""' '° "'«'" ^''°>" 
)j;i_theG2indyCou„ty church, Iowa. 

,„ Personal Mention 

«'ter spending two moml,. 
". closing at the Cabool ch rc^T ""r t'"""" """'''- 
returned to his home at Lanart HI ''"''°'' ''" 



gone to Philadelphia, upon the advice of v i ■ ■ 
for treatment at the University Hos'.al It "''''''"T 
Brn Hn,..^'^ i ^ -"ospitai, Let us prav foi 

Br9, Howes early recovery and restoration to active serv 

^;of^:^^^:r^--^-^^^^^-,Vic.h^ 
been in good health for some time was r„ .i , 

with an acute attack of appendicili; =„/i, • / " 
Iiospital at South Ben,l "7™""^""^' .""'' hurried to the 
be informed that Iro S ^ ris""'""™- • ""' "" ^'^^ '° 
_ .Bro. D. H. Baker, of Hanover p7i„"afcord"^ "'"^ . 
his custom for a number of vMr= 1 '""'^'■ance with 

of Messenger subscrinti.n 11- ""' "'* ' renewal 

almsh™,. *i , °' '""'""■ ^" his children 
almshouse and jail of his native county Bro 

.ry7ul:fe've'",",°' '''■ ^^* "= P--h°s 

■^ -Sunday, even while wait ne- no r,= 

oatmati tr, t^t i ■ """uiig, — as he writes, — 

Sister Bi^rL Morrs irth;™"!'" "^ """ ^'^''"■ 
school Secretary for Oklahoma Pan LT""f' T ^""''"^" 

-;^i:;'"ai:;^/7^--"-^hf 

^.Bethany Bible™roru^„!;;The"rrrlr -7^" 

-rn by w^'y'l'f wich°^,";:ki:;g"°n''the'A:f t;v° "- 

ere reentering upon their field of labor in Oklahoma """ 



We h 

Satan. I 

sands, of time.' But what kind. 

Bro. Otho Winger President „l rr i 
writes: "I have received ".^d "am d'''^'" ^""'^'^ 
Brethren Family Almanac for Tgi; I am "TT "" 
with it and like very much"^"!^ of^makCS L^Xl" 

Zati grie'tvo^^r' %'■■"" 1 """"' -f"'nc'e bo^: 
Piriaining to the work and workers of the church T 
appreciate highly your efforts to give this to th, ch u l 
. After speaking in very kind terms of the ne^vAlma'nac 

;".f^ir::^r«c;^FtStrtfc^t°'"^^^ 

18, and 'In a Nutshell,' page 19 a ve V valuah^d"'; '"'^" 

. am happy to see th; Ed^atlri BoaVd^ n^'oflvt k ^o 

a^dfl'shrr;""' ''^-""''^'-"^ - old'churchTpage: 

We have ^ """'"^^ """^ '°"' '='"'"'■" '° action." 

ha7;irrh:srdrbTorTvitrrhigro:ndi""sr'^'""'''' 

ing to come from competent t'n'd r^lLbirah'ri y^^J 

:rr::::-fi:?--::--:';-iiJ 



and the 



for the 



■eferred last week to the illn 



cold 
thou, 



: of i 



i thr. 






ivas followed by oth 
ht best to bring him 

and a possible opera 
Its intense. Last Sunday he" 

ing Bro. Royer seems much I 
!ry than that he may Be able so 

as to accept cheerfully whatev 



of Bro. J. G. 
His 



Elgin hospital for 
physical suffer! 



cd the 

s concerned for 

lay hold on Di\ 

■ the Lord has 

grace! ' ""' "■"'™''cr h,m at the throne 

Elsewhe 
On page 32 of this issu 
Bible Institute of Bridge 
Jan. 20 to 28. 

Bro, D. G. Berkehile'c ,„ 
- • astern Ohio ^i ,\"r,"„r?"' '° ""= '='"'^^'^" 
L , .™°"e 'be notes, a 

" specially directed. 



■ in This Issue 
we publish the progran 
■atcr College, Va., to 1 



uld be read by those to i 



hands of their child 

Our aged brother, Daniel B. Gibson, of Girard III i, 
greatly mteresled in our church publications, which to h'in' 

on a «rd rec'e„°t,""""";"f-''° "= '=''■'""" ^^-ll 
on a card recently received. At the close he makes this 
luQuiry: • read a part of the old ' Gospel Visitor,' Volum 
olume Who ^'"" °'l"-' -bscribed for the second 
■Ses^ nge^' from "T" '*' '° ■"=" a™"eb "'e 

.Imes of the °? "; T- "'" '^"bseribed for the early 
volumes of the Gospel Visitor,' from ISSl onward." 

of Thi .",.' T "T"^ "■"' ^ '""y "< 'be initial number 
of the Kingsley Gospel Tidings," edited by Bro Chas 

lla'-^Brt^kiSselellLls^Zr"? " "■"-'- 
!i__n^d such a paper excredtiSyrd^t', ZlXt'^;^^ 

.ouchptMh'e'huZt re'Jof tt t:;:::"at r'd^ed i^lre^r' 

and open a larger field of influence for the' chu/ch."" '"'' 

Many of our readers have written to express their ap 
cam'n'™!," A^^T"'*"' "'casure" Messenger, as one 
ca Is number fifty-three. That one also kindly adds: " God 
a sum'''°"Trr"'"^ °"' ""'' ' '^'""'''> "'"" for L sniall 
our efforts'tf k":: ?^L° advTnetg' Z ^^'r''^'' 

bt:'be'ei":;:r-r-'^^''-^"^" w'hicirc^tr;^;: ^e 

na^e been advanced in' price or reduced in size We do 
you rn"'.o'°n "f- \" "= "" ■'=■" ■'■ Will you d^ all 
of our readers^ ' '' ^°"' '"'"'' '° ="'"Ee the cLie 

the^ Tem!°'""^' T' "'^y ^'°- P- J Plough, Chairman of 
Ind alo a reTd" ^°""="^?' -"' be noted with interes 
hL M-\ . ^ response: "Your Temperance Committee 
ha published, during the year 1916, 11,146 'TempcTance 

m"ThesrB'u,'rers'gi'^;:t:i:rrs';b' vr: f^^ 

'bey,cost,he.ngregafio„'°s1',::c""ri:^ri":;tt;-3,^,'' 
It nume ""'V"" '' '" "eb'. notwithstahding 
r don^tirr! uiV"" """^^ '° ""^ 'emperancc 
oonations. Will you not contribute liberally 
■h needed and splendid work? Send all contri^ 
-- Treasurer, J. Carson Miller, Moorcs Store 
congregations will give this matter 



or express 
tlie fact th; 
workers fo 



butions to 

Va." How many of 

their immediate attention? 



Indirect Results of Christianity 
Gospel power, in its direct application, has blessedly re- 
sulted in renewed lives, but even its indirect results arc 
an untold benefit to any comminiity. For years the faith- 
ful efforts of missionaries in Japan have sought to win 
souls for the Kingdom. To some extent they have suc- 
ceeded, but even where there has been no actual accept- 
ance of the truth, there has been an evident improvement 
in manners and morals. A practical illustration of this is 
seen in the overwhelming sentiment against the segregated 
vice districts throughout that country. The earnest efforts 
of native Christians are strongly supplemented by thou- 
sands of others who, while not identified with any church, 
are strongly impressed by the exalted teachings of Cliris- 



iity. 



The Habit of Kindness 
We were told of a home, the other day, that is noted for 
the spirit of uniform kindness that pervades all its do- 
mains. One who had been a frequent guest in that pleas- 
ant abode, and was greatly impressed by the admirable 
spirit shown, took occasion, one day, to inquire as to tlie 
secret of that most desirable home atmosphere. The lady 
of the house replied: " I hardly think there is a secret 
about it at all,— simply a habit we have formed. Some 
people, as you know, have formed the habit of always com- 
plaining. Others are given to the practice of always speak- 
ing sharply, while still others are habitually morose and 
sulky. Obviously, it is just as easy to form a good habit 
as a bad one, and why not form the habit of kindness. 



its 1 



:sults 



Saloon Affiliation 



tor points out the striking and noteworthy coincidence that 
the papers of St. Louis, as saloon supporters of that city, 



liquor busii 
nection bet 
prohibition. 

Go with u 



ey ; 



: tha 



1 allit 



ween war and whiskey, and between peace and 
" truthfully affirms the editor. Alcohol and 
how or other, are naturally boon companions. 
3 today to the blood-drenched trenches of 



Europe and note how, by the administration of strong 
alcoholic stimulants, the contending armies are nerved for 
the appalling work of destruction. Seemingly, King Al- 
cohol must be wholly dethroned before war can be done 

away with. 

Reaping As We Sow 

Despite the repeated warnings, to impress the more for- 
cibly the truthfulness of the words of our heading, many 
Ifail to heed the plain teaching of the Word, and suffer ac- 
cordingly. Take the case of the clerk in New York who, 
Jittle by little, robbed his employers of $75,000 in two 
years. When arrested, he confessed his crime, explaining 
ithat he found his salary of $25 a week insufficient for his 
needs. The rent of his fashionable residence, he said, was 
$1,800 per year. His furniture cost $35,000, and there were 
fine automobiles and other things to correspond. His only 
excuse was the very flimsy one that he thought "his pec- 
ulations would remain undiscovered,— the business of the 
firm being so very large!" He had lost sight of the un- 
alterable precept: "Whatsoever a man sowcth, that shall 

he also reap." 

Prohibition Gaining Ground 

One of the most prominent papers of the liquor element 
is known as "Mida's Criterion," "and whatever it reluc- 
tantly says, concerning the growth of prohibition, may be. 
accepted as being wholly dependable. Temperance prog- 
ress, from that journal's point of view, is not a pleasant 
prospect to contemplate, but the recent gains along that 
line can not be denied. Here is the "Criterion's" opinion: 
"The public shows no change in heart. There is no pros- 
pect that prohibition forces arc weakening any. They are 
growing stronger, and the recent election must be our 
battle-cry for greater effort," Seemingly the promoters of 
the vile traffic have accepted the fact that prohibition is 
rapidly gaining ground, and that all they can hope to do 
now is simply to defer the evil day of the liquor traffic's 
total collapse to the latest possible moment. 



China's Abolition of State Religion 
To the close observer of the dawn of better things for 



Chii 



. the 



; than the 



:ently- 



enacted decree, abolishing the obligatory 
nected with "the worship of heaven, as implied by the 
worship of Confucius." During the presidency of the late 
Yuan ShiU-Kai, Confucianism was made, in effect, the 
state religion. This enactment has been repealed, with the 
approval of the present president. Li Yuan-hung. The 
abandonment of the ceremonies above referred to will 
complete the step for which the more progressive elements 
of the great Asiatic republic have been striving. A curious 
feature, in connection with the sweeping reform move- 
ment, is seen in the fact that its most influential opponent 
is the very same man who, of all others, is perhaps most 
responsible for the present wave of modernism through- 



out the ancient empire.— Kang Yu-wci. Though an ardent 
Confucian scholar, and retaining many of the ideals of Old 
China, he is wide-awake to his country's best interests. 
How strange that he fails to realize China's greatest need, 
—the uplifting power of Christianity! 

The Measure of Loyalty 
Just now the war-ridden nations of Europe are exercis- 
ing a spirit of loyalty seldom seen, and it finds its most 
graphic expression in their willingness to economize to the 
utmost extent,— all for the sake of the war. As we note 
some of the instances of self-sacrifice, we can not doubt 
in the least that each nation is wholly loyal to its ruler, 
no matter what he may require. As, in turn, our thoughts 
reverted to the home-land and its highly favored condition, 
we were made to wonder whether we, as members of the 
Church of the Brethren, are ready to show our loyal.ty in 
equal measure to the Lord, by conserving our resources 
for that-greater war we arc waging for our King and his 
church. Surely, there ought to be as much loyalty to the 
Lord, as is shown by the nations of Europe to their re- 
spective rulers! But are we willing to show it? 






A New Secret Order 
With the greatly multiplying array of secret orders, the 
promoters of a new society are evidently puzzled, at times, 
to find a novel and striking name. The animal world has 
been drawn upon for a variety of names, for already we 
have the " Eagles," the " Moose," the " Elks," etc. When, 
recently, at Texarkana, Texas, the starting of a new order 
was decided upon, the promoters of the enterprise hit, up- 
on the somewhat peculiar name of " Little Yellow Dogs," 
—so we are told by the "Sovereign Visitor." The leading 
official of that lodge boasts of the lofty title, " Kennel 
Keeper," and otiier office-holders rejoice in equally sugges- 
tive names. One is really surprised tliat men, supposedly 
blessed with a fair degree of good common sense, could 
so far lose sight of life's proprieties as to designate them- 
selves by the name above indicated. It hardly seems pos- 
sible. ! 



Cleaner Lives Needed 

In a recent lecture Dr. Carolyn E. Geisel, the eminent 
sociologist, made a fervent plea for greater purity of life 
and thought among the men and women of America, so 
that they might adequately face the tremendous respon- 
sibility of world uplift, that is sure to be theirs after the 
close of the great war. Deploring some of the present day 
evils and reckless habits, she said: "The modern world 
was never so dissolute as it is at the present time, We 
are facing a -waning civilization, which is bound to sub- 
merge us if American men continue to sow their wild oats." 
Pleading for the members of her sex, she appealed to the 
teachers to spread the gospel of clean living to the young 
men. Dr. Geisel, in the strongest language possible, point- 
ed out the evils of vile diseases to the child, the individual, 
the home, the mother, the state, the nation, and finally to 

the world. 

The Good Samaritan Among Nations 

When the historian of the future shall write the history 
of the great war, he surely will not forget the unselfish 
devotion of little Switzerland. Debarred by the war from 
profiting by its chief source of income, — the tourists, — it 
bravely assumed its task of caring for many of the unfor- 
tunate victims of the war. It is difficult to point out just 
which of her many acts of kindness is most noteworthy. 
One of the most remarkable, perhaps, is the exchange of 
mutilated war prisoners, under the auspices of the Red 
Cross. Trains cross her frontier daily, in every direction, 
loaded with the badly wounded who, under the care of 
Swiss medical men, are being returned to their native 
countries. Then, too, there is the war prisoners' postoffice 
which, without postage, forwards mail to the detention 
camps in all the belligerent lands. As an example of dis- 
interested helpfulness, Switzerland stands unsurpassed. 



yV Willing Messenger 
We were deeply impressed, recently, with the graphic 
description of the labors of a devoted herald of the Gos- 
pel in one of the out-of-the-way counties of Kentucky. 
The minister is one of more than average ability and had 
the opportunity, in several instances, of serving wealthy 
city congregations, in which a munificent salary is regard- 
ed as a matter of course. To his friends, therefore, his 
stay in the obscure country district is a matter of perpetual 
surprise. The preacher's determination, however, is not 
to be shaken. He has decided to make the ministry to 
these humble folk of the mountains his life-work. He has 
found them exceedingly warm-hearted and wonderfully 
loyal. But then, this man is even more than a preacher. 
Not being blessed with a helpmeet, he lives on a farm in, — 
what some might think,— a lonely existence, but he finds 
his days quite full. Part of his farm is bottom land, and 
quite productive, but the larger part is a steep hillside. 
Right there, however, he is able to show what discrimina- 
tive farm management may do for the community. His 
constant experiments, intelligently worked out, naturally 
result in ascertaining best farming methods for that region. 



and these, as well as his spiritual mini 
on to his fellow-farmers of the mountai 
incalculable benefit of all. He receives no salary, and re- 
fuses even the assistance of his church board, claiming that 
his own simple needs are amply supplied by the labor of 
his hands. He travels far back into the mountains, and 
reaches communities in which the Gospel Story is seldom 
heard. In cases of sickness he is always ready with a word 
of cheer. The wide world knows little or nothing of the 
ministry of the man who is giving his best efforts to these 
humble mountaineers. But lie finds ample remuneration in 
the deep and tender love of the people among whom he 
is working, and more than that he docs not want. 



What About Your Church Dividends? 
Most of us do not Ihink of "dividends" in connection 
with our congregational activities, and tlic thought may 
be a new one, as tlius applied. A writer in one of our ex- 
changes takes occasion to point out the importance of 
knowing just wliat we get, in return for our investment in 
cliurch expenditures. Have you ever figured just how 
much it costs to keep your church open? To the annual 
outlay of at least $1,000 or more for heat, light, repairs, 
etc., you must add at least ten per cent of the original cost 
of your building (five per cent for depreciation and five 
per cent for interest on investment). Now, facing' this 
large annual cost, what returns have there been realized 
from your congregational activity? What is the spiritual 
growth of the membership? How many accessions? 
What is the fruitage for missions? If there are no ade- 
quate dividends, why not? Ask yourself, and find out 
where the trouble Is. 



A Deplorable Result 
One of the saddest results of the present war is seen in 
its effect upon the religious life, — in part at least,- of the 
warring countries. A writer in "Christian Work" relates 
some experiences in Great Britain. He heard of one 
preacher who appealed to the children of his Sunday- 
school to save their pennies, telling them "that for every 
fifteen shillings and sixpence. 124 cartridges might be 
bought for the battle-field. The spiritual demoralization 
of ministers is even worse. A clergyman was appealed to 
by a friend, recently, to manifest a more forgiving spirit 
towards the foes of his country, but was told in reply: "I 
have preached 'Love your enemies' for years, but now 
I would on the spot kill any foe of England whom I would 
happen to meet." Another minister said: "I am now 
more of an atheist than anytliing else." Still another 
frankly confessed: "\ do not carry a New Testament 
around with me any more." 



The Enormous Cost 
Statisticians have figured the cost of the European war, 
up to the present date, at $59,500.000,000.— a sum so vast 
as to be practically incomprehensible to the average per- 
son. A leading New York banker estimates the total cost 
at $75,000,000,000, in case the war should last until August 
of this year,— three full years. This amount is seven times 
larger than the aggrcp:atc of the deposits of the 7,600 na- 
tional banks of the United States, and seven times as large 
as the entire supply of the minted gold in the world. Were 
it now available, it would construct two hundred Panama 
Canals. Railway and steamship lines might, by the re- 
sources thus afforded, permeate ev.ery nook and corner of 
earth. Schools and teachers might be made available for 
every child on the globe. Best of all the Gospel Story 
might be proclaimed In every land, and ample provisions 
for workers, hospitals, etc.. might be made for future 
needs In every foreign mission field. 



A 'Remedy for a Grovidng Evil 
Chicago's Court of Domestic Relations has, in a number 
of recent instances, been privileged to pour oil on the 
troubled waters of domestic Infelicities, by the tactful min- 
istrations of Miss Mary Bartelme, in charge of that work. 
Naturally she has ample opportunity for close observation, 
and considerable imjiortance must, therefore, be attached 
to her recent statement regarding marital misunderstand- 
ings: "If we could find some way of restoring the fine 
old home spirit of the past, we would find a sure way of 
getting at the roots of a good bit of the divorce trouble." 
Her analysis of the matter is worthy of serious thought. 
Somehow, in this busy and bustling age. our nation is fast 
losing the real fiomc-making, home-keeping, and home- 
dwelling spirit that, at its best, makes divorces practically 
impossible. A home that is merely a place in which to eat 
or sleep, can not, by any stretch of imagination, be re- 
garded as a real home. It is just such a condition that 
furnishes the many divorce suits, continually crowding the 
calendars of our courts. A home must have attractions 
congenial to all, and while it has wholesome Hb-erties. there 
must also be duly-recognized restrictions. All outside ac- 
tivities should be subordinated to the one supreme aim of 
making the home a real haven of rest to all Its inmates. 
When the door closes, it must shut out the woHd. with all 
its troubles and perplexities. The ideal home must, in' 
fact, be an ante-chamber of the better world beyond. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER-January 13, 1917 



HOME AND FAMILY 



The Beautiful Situation of the Christian 
Church 

BY JAS. A. SELL 
■■ Bcaiillful for sll.Jiilion, the joy of tbe whole enrth I. mouii 
Zlon, on the sides of the north, the eity of the great King Oo 
is linown in her patncea for 8 refuge" (Pan. 48: 2. 3). 

The Lord made choice of Zion's hill, 

And built his temple there. 
It was a most delightful place, 

Its slopes were bright and fair. 
It was the Joy of all the earth, 

To those who loved their God, 
Here they could turn their weary feet. 

Trusting his staff and rod. 
It was a refuge to their souls, 

To meet their Maker here, 
To sing their songs and plight their vows 

And his dear name revere. 
The spot to thein is holy ground. 

And points them to the place 
Where Christ was slain to purge our sins 
And save a fallen race. 



We 



have 



unto the church. 

Adorned with light divine. 
Its beauty and its loveliness 

Old Zion's far outshine. 
It is the refuge for the soul. 
To meet its God in peace, 
'Tis here he meets the contrite soul 

And gives a full release. 
Mount Zion was a shadow dim 

Of that which is to be. 
When Christ, our Savior, shed his blood, 

On Calv'ry's rugged tree. 
The Christian church in beauty stands, 

A joy to every soul. 
Through it we walk in righteous ways, 
To reach the happy goal. 
HoUidaysburg, Pa. 



Be Merciful 

BY ELIZABETH D. EOSENBERGER 

In reading tlie life of Lord .Shaftesbury, we are re- 
minded of Jesus' words, " Blessed are the merciful for 
they shall obtain mercy." His life was given to the 
poor and unfortunate. His first important speech in 
Parliament was on behalf of the most unfortunate, the 
most wretched, and the most ill-treated of his fellow- 
creatures,— the pauper lunatics of London At that 
time, lunatics were constantly chained to walls in dark- 
cells. -The keepers visited them, whip in hand, and 
lashed tliem into obedience. Lord Shaftesbury found 
that people knew and cared absolutely nothing about 
the condition of these poor wretches. 

Lord Shaftesbury was shocked and horrified with 
the revelations of misery and cruelty which were made 
to him as he looked into the condition of the insane 
Any one who chose, could keep a lunatic asylum, and 
many asylums held people who were put there by rel- 
atives who wanted them out of the way. These people 
Tuna^cs"' '"""''■ ^'" *'^ "'"" ™"<''=™'=d to "ve with 
Lord Shaftesbury also looked into the labor condi- 
tions of the children. He had a company of three 
thousand ragged ehildren.-wretched litile ones - 
march on the streets of London. The result was bet- 
ter conditions for these children. Some of them were 
no SIX years old, bu, they worked fifteen hours a day 
m he mill. All this was over fifty years ago. These 
children were abused. Their bodies were scarred w th 
wounds, inflicted by their overseers. Almost evet 
fe^ry child of .hat time ,vas more or less injure! 

Z, T- T' '^"'y-'^™ *°"^^"d °f these eh Idren 
employed in London, many of whom were orphans 

When a young man. Lord Shaftesbun, vowed to 
make the cause of the poor and oppressed hi^ own 
wherever seen. He said that, to be a Christian dZ' 
not me^to hold a certain opinion about'fhTSct 

d.y because UrdShaftest;^°::eV:''bi;"frSirg 
men to employ them. Over four thousand little boys 
—many of them less than five years of ,J 
.hereby released from a life of h^ror. " Do^teX; 



this fifth beatitude today as we should? We all need 
mercy and we are more likely to be given mercy if we 
are merciful. Just as we pray, " Forgive us our debts 
as we forgive our debtors," so we shall be shown mercy 
if we are full of mercy for others. 
With a pitiless war raging, we need to know that 
_, God s mercy is over all, and that we should show 
.1 mercy to one another. The Lord hates a proud look 
because it is cold and pitiless. The proud have no 
mercy. Needing none, why should they show mercy' 
One who is proud and self-sufficient, lives in a fortress 
enclosed m an armor of self-conceit; he condemns 
otliers without mercy. He can cost the first as well as 
the last stone at another. Jesus asks the proud, bitter 
and unforgiving, to be merciful. 

There are people whose nerves are fence-wire ; others 
are viohn strings, finely built, responding to every 
throb of pain or ecstasy. Be merciful to the fowls of 
the air and the fish of the sea, and every living thing 
over which God has given man dominion. AH creation 
gi-oaneth and travaileth in pain, do not add to the pain 
of the world. Some men can not bear to wrench a fish 
hook from the fish's gullet; another man, with nerves 
of fence-wire, has absolutely no feeling when animals 
are m pain. He likes to take his gun and hunt for duck 
or any wild things to be found. H he wounds a bird 
and It comes to earth with a broken wing, he does noi 
concern himself about it. What if it flutters about the 
bushes in pain and misery for days and nights' He 
does not stop to think of festering wounds and starv- 
"ig creatures, slowly dying. 

The pain of the world is one unescapable fact and 
we must help each other to bear the hurts of life 
Everywhere, in hospitals and sick-rooms, there are 
people who are battling against pain; lifting white 
faces heavenward, asking that the cup may pass from 
their hps -pleading for relief from the torture which 
blanches the cheek and brings drops of moisture to the 
pale, pam-furrowed brow. The merciful have much to 
do as they go from one sulTering invalid to another 
giving sympathy and love, and helping, in every pos- 
sible way, to remove the pain. That is the meaning of 

fn tltlTn r"" "'■ '"' "" '=^™ "' '"»"■ •'•^ toM 

m the following lines : 

"Then answered the Lord to the crv of the world- 

Shall I take away pain, 
And with it the power of the soul to endure 

Made strong by the strain? 
Shall I take away pity that knits heart (o he, , 

And sacrifice high? ■ '' 

"Will ye lose all your heroes that lift from the fire 

VVIute brows to the sky? 
Shall I take away love that redeems 'il 

And smiles at its loss' ^ '"'"^° 

Can you spare from your lives, that would climb „„ 



for 



long til 



ntirely helple 



able 



The Christ on 
Covington, Ohio. 

Patience in Suffering 

BY C. W. GUTHRIE 

of time I hLTJlerrnrrtT 'r^ = "'■'^"' '^"'" 
subject of this sket.^ 7 "' ^'"'^ M"l". the 

now in he . .' ^^° "" •"""" Nov. 18, 1827 and is 

vjvv Hi ner ninetieth year Fnr np^.-i,r ^- ^ ■ , 
she has been confined t„k '^^ "'"'y si.vty-e.ght years 
being able to eavffor a it^ ™f' °' '^.= '"-• ""'^ 
years. Aunt Naney"t^ro,: ' Sn tZ] V'T 
oldest of „„ee children. Her brother Ja"b„diste: 
Catharme. mv mother, both of whom 'were ha .Id 



feed her- 
p.. ^, .»,K aoove a whisper. After a number of years 
her coiKhl.on improved somewhat and she was able to sit 
up m bed, and finally get up and walk around the room 
Her condition improved finally, so tha. she was able, for 
about one year, to walk out in the yard oeeasionally, and 
remain up most of the day; then again she was confined 
to her bed, where she spent about nine-tenths of her time 
during the last sixty-eight years 

When Aunt Nancy was forty years old, her daughter 
Mary was timted m marriage at the age of eigh.een, .o 
Samuel Guthne, to which union were born three daugh- 
ters and one son, all of whom are married and have chil- 
dren and some of them grandchildren. So Aunt Naney 
has lived long enough, since her affliction, to sec four 
generations of her immediate famiIy,-one daughter, four 
grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, and two 
greal-grea.-grandehildren, every one of whom is living 

l<or nearly a half century she directed .he affairs of 
the household from her bed, and when a new hired girl 
came to the home, she could instruct her where to find 
everything m the n.ilk house, pantry, or any part of the 

A forest fire at one time threatened the destruction of 
the home. Aun. Naney was carried .o a place of safe.y 
while heroic effor.s were made .o save the house, which 
was finally accomplished, although the milk house was 
destroyed. 

In 1902 at the age of seventy-four, grief was added to 
her affliction when her daughter's husband died. Three 
years later her own. husband passed away, and within 
another week her brother. Two years more and her 
only remaining sister died. 

of"^!?" '\' °'. 'i'^^'y-'^'"'' "hile trying to empty a pan 
back T. "™",'l>= threshold and sprained her 

back. This caused much additional suffering for over 
a year, and even now she is not able to lie on either side 
but on her hack only. About one year later, in trying 
to walk across the room, she fell again, this time break 
ing her left arm, dislocating her wrist, breaking the lit- 
tle finger, and dislocatmg the .hunih. The suffering be- 
came almost unbearable, and with the additional accident 
to her right hand, .hey are now bo.h deformed and .he 

!?,°o'h 1;™^'"'!'"' '"'"''' ^ "" '""■" °" ""y li^'"S being-. 
Kind hands have ministered to her needs faithfully, bu. 
she has always tried to help herself as much as possible, 

eared for her. During these six.y-eight years of suffer- 
ing she has been most patient and uncomplaining as 
evidenced by all who have known her these many years 
f'" ha%°,f'en said, "I am trouble enough wi.hou. betng 
impatient." Remarkable as it is she is not the l...f 
childish, but is rather desirous for the. time to come whe 
the Lord shall call her home. 

Since going to California I have returned five times 
to vis.t^ relatives in West Virginia, and have always made 
a special effort to visit Aunt Naney. She has failed 
muen since we last met, four years ago. And as Bro 
Glenn prelched by her bedside, our hearts were touched 
wi.h a feeling tha. for .hese many years her life has 
been hanging by a brit.le thread, and my own several 
imes near the brink of eternity, yet we were permit.ed 
o mee. again. May this brief descrip.ion of her "pa- 
tience 111 suffering" encourage others who suffer, and 
cause those in good health to -appreciate their many 
ble.ssings. •' 



Moatsville, W. Va., Dec. '27. 



CORRESPONDENCE 



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:ed by Eld. la 
age of . 



and 



She 



ax Miller. 
Four years later her 



:n.ec 



This 
lany . 






only child, Mary, was 
of her suffering, which 



uld 



ndurc .he 



swung on ropes 



jar caused by walking on the 
from this added suffering her 
fastened to the ceiling. 

The years of the Civil War wro„„t,» „ 
hardships, chief of which was whe I I"' "'''""""" 
taken from the hornet solves The Union Ar" "^d 

co.n.y. u, ,, i-r^brd t;tis°Jr!r;td: 

home resumed h 7' ""''' ■"'"'' "P"" ^is return; 

occu ■ati.„ ,e took^rat;;h'e'':«iSirothis'':ota" ■■* 

Thus the work on the farm wa= „„ .' V, '^°"'P^"'°''- 
that he m,'.Kt more P^r^:^yZ:^:^J:;^ ^^^^^ 



BIBLE INSTITUTE OP MePHERSON COLLEGE 

This Institute will be held Jan. 21 to 28, the speakers 
and subjects being as follows: 

Sunday, Jan. 21, 11 A. M.. Eld. F. H. Crumpaekcr 
Sermon. 7: 30 P. M., Dr. D. W. Kur.z, Sermon, 

Sunday, Jan. 28, 11 A. M., Eld F McCune Sermo,, 
7: 30 P. M., Dr. A. J. Culler, Sermon. 

Program for Week of Jan. 22-27 
Eld. F. H, Crumpacker; On each day of .he week 9 
A. M., Missions. ' 

Dr. A. J. Culler: On each day of .he week, 10:30 A. M 
The Gospel of John; Saturday, 8 P. M., "The Early 
Literary Activity of the Brethren." 

Prof. Mohler: Monday, 11:30 A. M., Dairying- Tues 

day, "Stock Judging" ; Thursday, "Farm Management"- 

Friday, " Plan. Breeding " ; Sa.urday, " Rural Credi. " ' 

Prof. Russel: Wednesday, 11:30 A. M., "Soil Problems" 

Miss Wal.crs: On each day of .he week, 11:30 A M 

Lecture in Domestic Science. 

Dr^Harnly: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 
and Friday, 2: 30 P. M., The First Chapter of Genesis 

Dr. D. W. Kurtz: Saturday, 2:30 P. M., Sunday-school 
Pedagogy; Tuesday, 8 P. M., " The Meaning of Culture " 
The Crumpackers: On each day of the week, 3:30 P 
M., Mission Problems at Home and Abroad. 

Prof. Rowland: On each day of the week, 4: 30 P M 
Improving the Music in the Home Church. ' 

W.- O. Beckner: Monday, 8 P. M. 



t' 



p. M.,^Ado,e'st::f'"^' "' """'- ""--'- ■'"■da., . 

Wednesday, 8PM c,.,..j ^ 
Chorus Class ■ ""* '^''""^' ^y <h= Advanced 

^^Thursday, 8 P. M„ Dedication of Ladies' New Dormi- 
Miscellaneous 

n.issionari!s, nd al who ! '; Sunday-school workers, 
the Kingdom of G dT : ge'^. '„" ""5=^ '" *= 2^"= -d 
inspiration fn I, visions of truth new 

Bihip =„j . r , *" ""= P''oper point of viVw Lr ,i 
Bible and of church work. ""=" "' "■= 

here is no tuition for thii ia,p»i-'., • . 
study. All are invited to J T intensive Bible 

^e«ures on Tuesday'ltd Vi",™ ^^B TZ Ij'' -° 
an entrance fee of tw,.nt„ c ' *' ° '^^ ™-> will require 
bcjn. used for bo^ok'slortt^ib";: "="' ^" """'^^ 

Bring your Bible with vou r 
the entire week. ^""' P'an to spend 

This Institute comes at- fl,« ^ ■ . 

™-.cr and affords a Void'" eg S'gS^'r IV^t""/ ^'- 
Board, twenty cents per meal students. 

Mcpherson college, McPherson, Kans 

• , ."^^ ""^t "n regular council nt, <;„ j 
It being the last regular council f ^^^'"■''V. Dec. 16. 
business was the election of offi ° t ^'^^' ""^ '"'"'" 
Bro. James Gish was reelcrtf,l°„ir" , 'i'^ "doming year, 
baker, assistant. Bro Swiga't m^ l' " ' •"' "'""" "''"" 

and the ministerial committee ! °^'""""Ss during 1917, 

its efforts tn finrl "'i«e was instructed to continii,. 

aeiTorts, to find some one to conduct the <,m, """"""^ 

n.^^;r!:t':;f--'-:--ol-gk regular 

Eld. J. J. Yoder, of McPherson K,„. i ' 
on Saturday evening, Dec 2 on'.t u "'' '""^ "= 
American Home and^anhofd ■• T is Ja^.^' r°' "^"^ 
ber on our Lecture Course n i- " ""= "fst num- 

number on Tuesday evening, Jan /'m/' T "' '"°"' 
this year, to finance tl,» „„ \ ' ' ^"^ are try ng 

■ection, taken af"r each ni^K^ """T "' ' ^""al coN 
sion charges. ' "'ather than by admis- 

At present a singing cla»= I. i, • 

Heiny. The class fegLwo,kD:r^«""^"'="='' ''' ""'^^ 

each evening until Dec 30 A ^"'' '= '" continue 

close. "til Dec, 30. A concert is to be given at the 

Holmesville, Nebr., Dec. 23, ^'"'' '^'"*'' '^'''*''^- 



takl''H,dr"famihrs"„"h";rem'", '",1 Z'"'-'""" ''^■'»y 
be held in Wichita, Kans ne^i ? " ^?"""' ""ting to 
at an outlay that, in all nrohiMr, .1^ ""^ '^°"'<' <•<> 

-e-n'^-^tfSel^^^^ilt^i---"--"^ 
parking place at or near fh, • "^ '° arrange a 

friends from the East and Wel'^" "? ^""•"'>^' <" which 
their autos. Here, too "t leTcouW t'ec?:r^"'^""^ "^^'^ 
jommg each other I„ ,hL ^"""^ .""'^ their tents, ad- 
happy reunion of many"who"ha:7n:' m™ fo """' "' ^ 

But should the members . ' "^t for years, 

the Annual Meeting of lOIs iTVr, '"' ^'"°'' '° "ttend 
range that, if desired ,1, California, we will so ar- 

one of the ' ""■ '^"^ "ay set up their tents on either 
and park, wher7th°e"meetii!^''"t, u^""" ""^ auditorium 
can be reached by a ride J ,Z ■ """ beaches 

paved, electric-lighted h^ 7 . '° ""^^ ""'"tes over 
'be 1907 meetin*'::,^ no^drurreca^':" "'j" '"''"''' 
convenient these places wcre,_o„e for ,^1"'^' '"^ 
This iste"/r°st [""'"' "" ^ '-■ ""nLs ' ""'- 
have known ttewrit'e'rTadvo^^"" "^""'Ser readers 
except over some ^"Zut' Z^s^TI °' 'T' 

^^n:L^::VtiSrri^^°'-^-^'^ 

old-time experiences of the w 'i "i^"' """' '° "'"" 
he had charge of many stage" i^eTin ^nTh '^cf' '° '^^^ 
of the Mississippi River. *' States west 

In those days the Union PaciSc !!,-i 
hne across the country The sfni '*"''';">:,"'>•' the only 
Trinidad, Colo. There „a, 1b V ''"'"^^ ="'''=<' at 
Every one had to travel eltl?. . Railway then, 

in stage coaches. The wri tea "J"'!'" ""-^^"" t 
™ his trips of inspection f^d l i""' '"''" "' '''""''ets 

took him hencrthe it": of tb "^ T'"" "'^'" o^"- 
Over Modernised OwStes..':;;,""^' "^ '''^ ^"^ 
them today, are paved and electric lb .'""'"L"""^"' 
of miles of road are in SoutherrCaltrni'a." "™""'= 
"09 South -Marguerita Avenue, Alhambrf^ar"''- 



Schools Have B^ight^Us."'" ' ''""" °" "What Our 

and Gai'atits"'""'' "'" ^'"" """^ '"=™» "" Philippians 

Bro VV T X u 
i"K- "The I ■ °"'' "'" 8'" 'ecturcs on the f„ll„ 
tabiy," Ind ""SrrrCic ''i"'' ^'°"™-".' ^^/m',:roT: 
Wh^TL:f ^r^- -{^^.a ^^.ure on ■■ Science, and 

Gospel of St. Jol'n ^'" """'^ "iscussions on the 

Lordsburg, Cal. S. J. Miller. 



MOUNT MORRIS, ILLINOIS 
the Mount Morris church i, • ■ ■ 
Christmas season, because of r„„ ''''■'"'C'i'e:, during this 
- -t is enjoying, and e specif, "^ "e/aus'e 'T"''-'"' «""^" 
-■■early all young men and ' "" '"''''''''■als, 

willingness to accept Christ ''I^'lh"-' I'"^ expressed tlieir 
■ngs have resulted from an „, " , ■''°''- "These bless- 
Inc.ed by Bro. I. R. Beery, of LaSl'n "t?""'"^' ""■ 
save us twenty stirring sirmons ;„ I , u' "^"S<^l''st 
denounced present-day lins a °l' T ' fearlessly 

'■•ue Christian living An . , ■ ^ ^'"'''"^ ^PPeal for 

-ork was manifes; fby the Y M c'a""; t" '"'°-'^' 
-embers. It was a source oTrfal • '"•'' ^^ ^- '^^ *■ 

members of these or„,„,-i !■ "nsPiration to see the 

attendance of the nt ? i"ngs wa? "'"" '" '' ' '""'^- The 
ative spirit, shown by m^re s ofXfr' T "''"- 
town, was most excellent. ^" "'""■"''" "> »"■• 

"e meetings were discontinued o„ Ti , 
because the students were then I, ■ V"""''^^ evening 
vacation. The baptism-,1 . '"^ '°'' '^"' boliday 

day morning wa, w', "{'""""y^ Performed on Thnrs 
and residcnf nTemberr'T'e ^d' '"?' "'""^" "' ^'"■''"ts 
Beery, and the rite of baptism ',."lr'''°" ^^ ^"■''"' ''^ ^ro. 
Bro. M. M, Sherrick, wefe vTrv i^ "" ^^ ""= ^W"- 

to begin the coming yLrw^-rt"^ ■mpressive. We are ready 

in. that many othe^rs'L" y7e ^S^irn' '"' "= ■>->-- 
Master. ' enlisted in the cause of the 

Mount Morris, Illinois. ^' ^' Brumbaugh. 

A NEW WAY OV^^^i^^^^^^n or n „„ 

TO ANNUAL mSg° """"^^^ 
A recent issue of th= xr 
ef'. -4 • . tne Messenger i'av,> r^« c t « 

ers description of his trip in an t ^' ^^''- 

wife and live children Their u' ^"""'Panied by his 
cooking utensils ,n,( .i! baggage, bedding tent 

a two-lhee, trJiler a,t '..'r' """■"^^^ ""= Packed on 
Western Colorado 'tb"' '° *= ^''"'- Starting from 
Illinnl. ' °. "''°' they went through Kan«, M? " 
■"■nois, Indiana, Ohio and P,n i . ^"sas, Missouri, 

Messenger^, Det 23. Afer" f ".^ ^^O »' the Gospel 
Why do no. more of our „e ■ ^ ' ""^ ''' '«* '" "^''^ 

their autos to take their famine?, . 'f'^ """"= ••" "' 
Bro. Baker tells of rrat; e^a s'lCS ""'T^'" 

■ncidents along the way. Last hMh '""^'^ ""^ 

MrCdfeds''o^^'or^^> --r "'""^ '^^•' 

of our people, who own autos,-those 



SUNDAY-SCHOOL AND CHRISTIAN WORKERS' 
iHtETING OF IDAHO 

■ Idrh:m°'t'i^^'hfwe1s;r''h°'\'v'' ^'"''"''' Workers of 
m...- Weiser church Nov. 30 and Dee 1 xi 

meetings were well attended, and the subjects we J 

or;;^,:-: i:r;s:yL^'^-^---°''S-'n/«Sht,d 
of the best^ evef IZ Tl^ S,= ^r" " "'^-' "" °" 

at^<^^j;r^:::^:^Lt:;t:^i::;:ff"- Workers, 

co^LUe^aB^bT^'^r"-^-"-^^^^^^^^^^^ 
sons and two' tl°r;htd? " """''^" ^^"= '" 
helpful and, it is honed "i, h "'"'"''■ ^" ""^ '"y 
ward movement ofXwTrk ,t fr ''•°°'' '°""'' ^ f""- 
10, in the forenoon Bro Re .' "'""'■ ^-nday, Dec. 

^^"^te^rl:•::;d^i;:i^--'--^^;" 
ro?^---""^-^-^^-i^."mne: 

ter'^au':" h': dL'^m^h'" er^ 'Y' '° """""^^ *= '^- 
• ly appreciated. He goes from''h!!r 7°.?' T'"':'' "'^'' ^'■^^t' 
•■ for a Bible School "' '° "'= ^""'■^"<' church 

Lo'^r„'l"l!"J!'"'"'''^'''"''"'"'*"'5'council,_Bro M A 

we"!ie:;rdrLio';i::foicefs°"s 't- --- -^^''^■' 

tendent, Sister Emma vj ,7 Sunday-school superin- 
partment Sister wT i^"™"tti superintendent home de- 

ers, sit'zZJ;.y''ZZfz °' f';r'"'" ^-''- 

for these officers will be'heW Dec 3, '"'""="°" '"^'" 
Otir teacher-training class, conducted each W.,(„ j 

'Trmroniit^L'beroftr-"""'"^^ " 

Cambridge, some ^S"^:,::',:: ZT't^'J^ T 
Eby, of FrultJand """^'' '=°"''"='^<' '^ B'-°- L- H. 

Mof .Jerab'i:ii^:otmXt:r"' '" ^r'" ^"-"= 

the foreign field whM sbT - \^ """"^ "' '"'"'"« '"r 
School, Dec. I,'at he Chri . w^V' ^^""""^ '"''"= 
vention $46 was ra' ff"''^""' Workers' District Con- 
supported on the Ind- 7 M t ™'. '""■''°"- ^he is to be 
Societies of Ida o tst Moi t ""'""T ^°'^"'' 
was a member of the WeL^church """'" °' '""' 

ym E. Commercial Street, We^rr, uZ^ltll'^'' 



LORDSBURG COLLEGE BIBLE INSTITUTE 

as^^-,^j^::Lrtroriri::ir''^^™-- 

-Ideal Christian Worship" '' '""'"''"« ""■= '^"< <>" 

Bro. F. H. Crumpacker. out at bio r:,.i, 
the mission field, will lecture on Lrh u- "P""^"" "" 
lowing: "The New T-!, ? subjects as the foi- 

ls lap A.ejy T^^t^fgt j^ Missions," "Leader 



FROM COLOMBO TO BOMBAY 

sbip'"^he"Hi;:ro MarY""ri:r"'-' ^'-- "■ -' 

busy Colombo harbor For Ih steaming into the 

anxious to learn when w„ „„ !!, "'^ ""^^ ^'^''' ^s wc were 
We were also anxious To see wliaM«;"'"^' '" '*°""'^''- 
onr arrival at Bombay As us S tie '""^ ""'""« 

came on board before any of trL '"^P^fPn officials 
.0 go on shore. We were re, reStoThr" ""' ^"°"='' 
Several of our number wimse T "'"' Passports, 

■■■an origin were el„Li "".""^ ''°''' traces of Ger- 

ancestors. ^ questioned concerning their 

.hrt'r'''^?eri:" a"2500"to?E '°^r ''"^^ '-'-" 
for Bombay, en ;ou,e 'fundof o "t /""'' T"" ^^" 
day after our arrival We we M """' "^ ""'''' 

class passage on this shin H,? .' r '° "^'^''" second- 

wc^X iirlte*"'"""^ "°™" - Co'-'-n-o. .0 wh^h 

in.^r^L'dT^th': h.Xt w';i;r:rthe''L'red "V "- 

-onaries who must spend several day a, clmbo t T' 
go to and rom their fields of labor, and s under ih ^"' 
vision of Mr. and Mrs. T A Fear ,, I ■ ■ , ^P"" 

to make a real home for the m' """'"ly know how 

-:i:^\wc;;;,:i; """"'"' ^'-"^-^'-^^ inr 

»pira.ion. The'c^ge-f Jo^rru^:: 7^^'''", ^^\ '"- 
not maintain the expenses of the ho^V I ' , >" ''°" 
support mentioned above. We shall nl, I" """'''= 

warm welcome and the kind trLI^t tte "Z^::^;: ^ 

coa't TtheisL^rof°c:X' T^ ^''t""''" "" "^ ""' 
tropical vegetation abo?nt"Mo?t^:rth'ernlrifb:r'!: 

iy.: tr'';°::,=rk™ Nit-ii'r^r *"= "^"".'"' "- '^^= '^'"^- 

'ive with but little effort Tirn'r'aiH^Tr r'' """ "" 
the natives is Buddhism O ,r '^'."^ "''S'"" among 
temple, where we si v , ■ '"'"^ ^'^""^ ^ Buddha 

which nh„„, . . '7 several images of Buddha, one of 
wnicn, about twenty feet long was in 1 r.,-1' • ■ ■ 

representing the sleeping Bu'ddhi A„,^fh Position, 

the Buddha that is to be in he new .^ represented 

rsencfoTIhL^t:^ ""'1 ^^^'^'^'^'^^ 

side. A half do.e„ boy^s";i"t;re.:::r"h:'ni,i::.:.:rLr 

a d numbeforoThe 'T"', '"? "" '"'''"■ '" ^'^^oZ 
as eageXfo" thetrpe mitle 111? -'^"h-""' '"'' 
little fellow was not satisfied wiTb T, ' ^"" '.''™- °"'= 
ran along by the side "f o^urtnriri ras^Voldrg'trh';: 

net "ndTo^re "'■'"" '"" "" '"' = conlfder'ab" 'dt 
" " ■""■ not receiving anything more, he began to sin,- 

aiiu emenr^^t""^-,'^''^ '° Tipperary," much to our 
he leave us "' '""""' ""= " "^'""""^ Park " did 

Io,?tIe^rnr '^'^"'"f' ^ "= 'loing a good work in Cey- 
„,'i T^ J membership numbering into the tho,, 

sands. Friday morning Nov 17 „,l ;i fi ■ 

only ninetv Ire I ,°"' ''™ ''■■"' '""' "ty, but now 

Stiih^r^'-?^ -rt^/Zfi^;?; 

the ,nl,!d-> • f ^^ ""■°''«'' "■= ''nstitution and seeing 
tne splendid work the bovs are doint- R„.j r ^ 

by the trades taught, the boy are" "stucld 'n'.b" "°^ 
tongue: also in the Bible. The older ones le f" r7 
Boys of all ages are found in tb, k , ^"SUsh. 

are orphans W.V " "'''°°'' ""^ny of whom 

orthe flo 'fo^Jhl" f:" ■'T" '''='• ">■■■'" "-^ ™'' 

for .hem;.o''°t:L':p"th';;r''t:is 'nn:::r°Mt: S' 
h::e^t:t:t"L?wrh:d''™^'-^v^'''^ '•■'- >^'''^''- ™- 

for breakfast,"'so^:;de^c;t'';°tr;i^''vJt°ar^ " '"^ '^°- 

we learned, before'it ■vas^rola^c^^rarw^sh'^nld^^a'lf'i^n' 
(Concluded on Paga 30) 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 13, 1917 



Notes from Our Correspondents 

(Continued from Page 21) 
Snn day-school superintendent. Ora Bigler; Ctirlstlan Workers' 
president. Sister Kthcl Evnns. Bro. Geo. S. StriiHsbnugh, of 
Frederick town, Ohio, came to ns Pec, 3. and lield a series of evan- 
gelistic meetings, which closed Dec. 24 witli severnl accessions. 
Six have already been bnptlKOd. The chnrch decided to have 
Bro. Strausbaugh resume the services one week Inter.— G, C. 
Everding, Goshen, Ind., Dec. 30. 



reelected superintendent i 



siding. One letter was gr 
poor fund. Bro. Elmer S 
our Sunday-school.— Ray Zoo)<, R. D. 0, Huntington, Ind., Dec. : 

Markle church met In council Dec. 23. Eld. D. B. Qarber pre- 
siding, assisted by Bro. S. S. Blough, of North Manchester. Two 



r hearing n splendid i 



mklln (Decntnr < 
Sears presiding 



t down by the hni 



, Dec. 29. 



iVertenberger as elder.— Viola Jackson, R. D. 1, Norcatu 
closed a series of very helpful am 



ingdoi 



2 accepted ( 



E, Councn Bluffs. presiding. 



I Dec. 23, with Eld. Roblns<i 
Fere elected for si-t month 
ntendent. It was decided I 






ducted a Bible In 
Tid R. McPa 

Ind.. Jan. 4. 

BllsslssUiewa. — A few Sundays a; 
gave n talfc to the children, which i 



ving the council. Bro. Da- 
will be with us Feb. 4, to 
. Cook, R. D. 1, Unlondale, 



i holidays several i 
ichester Ml.ision Band were with us. Bl'o. 
ivife came first. He preached on Sunday 
:he week. Sister Scliwalm led the singing. 
: good practical sermons. The others gave 
fiuartets. The others were Sisters Anna 
, Eunice Smith, and Brcthrt 
ey. A CO" 
-Alice E. Miller, Gaston, Ind., 

l*theL-— We ^ust closed n aeries of meetings which lasted 
. O. Norrla, of Ingalls, Ind., was In charge 



Boyer, of North 



Harlan Smith gave a good 
the Snnday-'dchool had a fir 
Mt. Morris male ciuartette 



Dec. 10 and contin- 
onr instructor, Bro. 
'< Bro. Frank Cnijn- 



i Study and Teachei 



special services, and i 



danghter, A ; 



a Teacher-training Class, with Sister Maud C, Jones as teacher.— 
Earl Dlrey, Milford, Ind.. Dee. 2fl. 

PleaBont Valley.— We met in council Dec. 23 and elected our 
officers for 1017. Bro. J. L, Misliler was chosen as elder for" the 
rintcndent of the Sunday-school, 



We feel that Bro. of Preston, Minn., to c 
rch and in the com. ''J' Center, Iowa, Jan 



. Messer, Grun 



r being present, 
e Missions. Dec. 
I Christmai 



last half of 1017. For two 
Book of John. Bro. Moore : 

Dec. 31, Bro. Moore gave us a „ 

elation. At the close of the 'service, 
pressed a desire to be restored to church fellowship. ] 
Deardorff and family were here from Bngley to attend t 
tnte.- Mrs. T. TJ. Reed, Mitchellville, Iowa, Jan. 2. 
Snlem. — We met In council Dec. 23, with Bro. O. C. Cm 
"' " . Thirteen letters 

Sister Minnie Wray was chosen 



nicely. We hai 



I of t 



Christmas program on Snnday morning, Eood 



bership were called _ 

school superintendent. Ero. M. R. Weaver, "of"Om 

;ar, and Bro. 0. C. Caskey, j 
I was baptized recently. We 



elder for the ( 



I children. — Orpha 



dress by Sister Lydla E. Taylor, of Mt. Morris, III. She spoke 
us on the subject of "Cliristinn Attire." Her efforts were hlg: 
appreciated. We expect to have an Installation service for ( 
Sunday-school teachers soon, after which our elder, Bro. J. 
Snell, will preach to ns from the subject of "The Snnday-sch 
Teacher."— EfflG L. Nichols, South Whitley, Ind., Dec. 29. 
Plnnge Creek Cbapel met in eonncil Dec. 30, with Bro. Jc 



and Christlai 

superintendent of the Sund;.,, , „.„. 

dent of the Christian Workers' Society. Bro 
ered his first sermon in the rale house on th 
year.— Allie Looklngbill Ott, Tale. Iowa. Jan. 

KANSAS 



■ both Sunday-school 



jlton, Protectio 



hold 

December. 1917. We 8ls( 

meetings.— Mrs. Emma Zeiner, 

Scott Valley church met-in eoi 
and M. E. Stair, of the Mont 



: pastor, Bro. Sherfy, 



hold regiiiar midweek prayei 
lona, Kans., Jan. 1. 
I Dec, 30. Elders John Slierf' 

congregation, conducted th( 
istalling of Bro. J. A. Strohni 



J. C. 






t fall 



gaged to conduct the meetini 
phnlia, Kans., Dec. 30, 

MARYLAND 

Bearer Creek.— On the evening of Nov. 27 Bro. D. Jv. Clapper. 
our District Evangelist, began revival services in the ChewsvIIle 
church. His forceful sermons were well received as was attested 
by the large crowds which gathered from night to night. On 
several occasions the houfee was tilled to its capacity. Bro. 
Clapper won many friends during his stay here. The meetings 
closed Dec. 13. One was born into the Kingdom. From here 
Bro. Clapper went to Pondsville, a few miles distant, and con- 
ducted services one \yeek. Appropriate Thanksgiving Services 
were held in the Longmeodow church, conducted by the home 
ministers. An offering of $18.!J0 was given for World-wide Mi.s- 
sions. We reorganized our Christian Workers' Socletv with K. 
Mae Rowland president. We also reorganized our Sunday-school 
with Ero. J. H. Petre, superintendent. — ^Mrs. B. S. Rowland R D 
(5, Hagerstown, Md., Dec. 28. 

Creen nill.— We reorganized our Sunday-school Dec. 24, with 
Bro. I. N. Thompson, superintendent. On Christmas we enjoyed 
a program rendered by the School. A number of our young 
brethren met at the home of our minister, Bro. N. J. Miller, and 
spent the day helping to get his winter supply of wood. Some 
excellent 
expecting a 



helped Sister Miller 



for them. All enjoyed 



brother and his family from North Dakota, to locate 
the near future. If there are others who wish to avoid the lon{ 
rigid winters of the Northwest, they will do well to locat 
on the Eastern Shore. — Virgle Hartman. Westover, Md., Dec. 2! 
Meadow Branch church met in council Dec. 14. Eld. Wm. V 
Rnop presiding. The elder in charge. Ero. Uriah Bixler, not bein 
so well, was unable to be present. One letter was granted. Tli 
itt„„ t. ..:„:± ..... ^j^.j. reported three meetings, with the elde 



Arthur Bbersole ^ 



s. — The work i 



; pla< 






made during I 



perintendent of ( 
•resident of the Chr 



uraging. Sunday evening, Dec. 24, 



cold. — Mrs. Leona M. 



d, R. D. 3, North Manchester, Ind., Jan, 

nvllle.- Dec. .10 an aged and nmicted brothei 

f Jeremiah and David Bnrnhart administering the 

net In council. Bro. J. Barn- 
Dennis Hufford was elected Sunday-school 
iipenntendent, and the writer president of the Christian Workers- 
society. Eld. Wm. L. Hatcher is now located with us as our 
tnstor for this year. Our teacher-training work Is proving very 
nterestinp and we are almost ready for another examination.- 
ohn W. Vetter, Rossville. Ind.. Jan. 5. 

Sonth Bend church called a special business meeting Dec. 11, 

officers for 1017. Prepara- 

Servlce." — Mary Bar- 



Workers' Band, 
work, which is 

Sunday-school gave a Christmas program." The lioin,^ . 
•■ saddened by 

church for over fifteen 
Dee. 28.— LilUe Thompi 

East Wichita.— We now have located 
Frantz as pastor of our church. We held 

! attended by a large body of 
■ , West Wichita joining 



an attentive audience. We were saddened by the death 
'■'- "^ J. Trosel, who has been identified with 1___ 
i. He passed away TueSdav morning 
Conway Sptlngs, Kans., Dec. 27. 

h us Bro. Morris 
love feast Thanks- 



Bible Institute, 
Meadow Branch house, Is to be held in the' Wes 

by Brethren Ober and Schlosser. in 1917. Ero. 
ancaster, is expected to hold onr next serifs of 

Meadow Branch cluirch, in the fail of 1017. 
IS agreed to hold meetings for us again in 1018. 

chosen May 5, 1917, as the date of her next 
ling at 2 P. M.— W. E. Roop, Westminster, Hid., 



' 6ociety. It ( 



Iso had 1 



. Chri 



Hon 






■ Kelley. 1111 Broadwa 
mltvlUe.- Brother and 
: of meetin 



lul-inspirlng 

ristmas cm 

Five accepted Chr 



and Christmas entertalni 



:e Christ 
South Bend. Ind., Dec. 

ster Appleman came to us Dec. 11, 

. Bro. Appleman delivered seven- 
Owing to the Inclement weather 

the attendance was not very good. 



r for the e 

school superintendent, 

Inn Workers' Society. 



dent of the Chrl'sUan 
Thanksgiving meeting. 



Society. We 1 



Dun; 






Sunday- 

r Colleg . 

greatly appreciated.- Ella Hatch 



scholars. Sister 



vllle. Ind.. Dee, 

Tippecanoe congregation reorganized her Sunday- 
24. for the year IflU, with Br" '--•-•- "--. - 
People's Meeting 

Mock president.- Miss Hazel Gantz', 



ntendent. 



Landesai 



Bro. Josiah Garber i 
'^e was reorganized for t]^e following 
icuse, Ind., Dec. 

ducted a I 



ducted by onr pastor.- Grace Schiii, 1321 Noi 
ita, Kans., Dec. 29. 

Fredonla church met in council Dec. SO 
hush presiding. One certificate of membersh 
one was granted. Bro. Qunkenhnch ,t-„o „. 
1917. Sister Effie Toung 
tendent for the following 
Christian Workers gave a Chrlstma: 

; much appreciated. Our Sisters' Aid Society 



Iful 



which 



n offering of $8.75 was take 
r aged Sister Phebe Browe 
very poorly, but at this writing she is able to be up again. 
, , ... .. , — Rosa.Weller, Copemish, Mich., Jan. 



Christmas Eve. teller. 



! Of mei 

e evening of Dec. 



n ducted 1 



i City I 

oms has been completed and we 
-Dollie Qnakenbush, R. D. 5, 



evening I began meetings In the Union Center r 



The meetings 



■ started. The 



the Interest 

their wllling'neas to serve the Ma.-? 
Rome church. Ohio. In i 



elected Sunday-i 



February I expect to l . ^ ^..„..... 

ing.— Reuben Shroyer, Nappanee, Ind., Dec. 

W»wBka.-Our council was held on Saturday. Dec. 30 Bro I S 

Burns of the Topeka church, Ind., presided over the meetin e 

Bro. Burns was elected as our elder for this year. Ero. Walter 

lool superintendent. It was de- 

Iso decided to 

Weaver; Brimfi^ia: inCjaa!"i."'^"^'""^ "" ^on.munlon.-Hattie 

IOWA 

Cedar Haplds.— Christmas was observed on Sunday morning, 

special I 

of $.51 



i has ___ 
, is to begin a sei 
ion. Garden City, 
ion.— Dec. 31 we w 

is mission point a'l 
im a very few me 



elected elder 



! of meetings for os Jan. 3.— Edna 



Gibson 

dded to hold 

bold a short series of meetings preceding 



1 loyal e 



They ha' 

day-school ) 

cons. Ero. Feller \ 

great help to the work will 

their bounds. Dr. Breon I 



J chosen ( 



! and three dea^ 



. Boxell and Br( 



: and Attendai 



' granted. Bro, 



" Preparing the Lesson for Both 
il," were discussed by individuals 
anged, making the i 



Dec. 24. by i 



lifted for 1 






r Cooper College. Sterling, Kan, 



appropriate 
: by the Sunday-school, 
he benefit of Mt 
the Junior, Christian Workers, Cradle 
^nt.— Grace Tisdale, 1625 Sixth Avenue, Cedar Rapids. lowa.'Dec !*'"'«*« address' for'the'd'ay~ 

Coon Blver. — On Thursday evening 1 
entertained at our country church by 

iL'd'^gXrgt^er.'/'g^otc^a^^^^ 

serrtM, which consisted of "A Message from Our King 

" —- ■ • 'heTpTi 



were very nicely 
; from Mt. Mor- 



World-i 






enjoyed the 



and select readings. 



■ collection of ?U was raised t 



his good wife, 

^oeerles, given by the membt., 
Waters, Lyons, Kans., Dec. 31 
Maple Grove church met In c 
Wertenberger, presiding. Two letters 

eanlfod-our church and Su' 



Bro. J, B. White, and 

vith a box filled with 

and friends of this place.— J A 



with i 



granted. 



Interesting.- Neva afonts, Prescoft. Mich., Jan. 2. 
MINNESOTA 

uncil Snturday, Deo. 30, with o 



tian Workers' Society. The Sunday-school 
on ChristmflB Eve, which was enjoyed by a full boi 
our number, a brother past ninety-six years of age, 
Elkenberry preached the 'st 



jch^ol. with, J, p. Replogle, Neraa-Bjl. Minn., Jan. 1. 



h 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 13, 1917 





N. Dak. 


Brn Ji(v 


, -\[|||^,(. ||,|^ ht-rTl'l 


elder, Bro. E. E. 


moiis (lu 


ring 111!) nl 


senue,— Vadii Row, 


d as elder iinil 


EsclH 


il churcli 


let in council Dec. 



l)y the pastor, begi 
well attended, 



Sunday morning the Sunda, 



Christmas 
membered 
n, 3, Preston, Minn., Dec, 



eral of the Sunday-school claasea ! 
"■ ristmas offering. — Amy J. Owen, 



MISSOURI 

iireh met in council Dec. 23, with our elder, Bro. N. 
Jing. Bro. Oren was elected as our elder for another 
W. P. Burress was chosen as Snnday-'achool superin- 
1 Ero. Oran Harvey as president of the Christian Work- 
.— \V. P. Burress, Joplin, Mo., Dec. 28. 
Lew.— Brother and Sister W. R. Miller arrived here 
ill. IS. Owing to the delay in receiving the gas, the 



preached a good sermon each 
I Sunday and Christmas Day. 'The 



value of Brother and Sister Millers work 1 . _ 

estimated. — ^Anna K. Lingle, Versailles, Mo., Dee. 20. 

South St, Joseph church met in members' meeting Dec. 28. 
Church and Sunday-school officers were elected. Our church has 
a more promising outlook than at any time since we have had 
cliarge here. Nov. we concluded our first year here, and we 
start upon another year with joyful spirits. The largest crowd we 
ever saw in the church listened to the Cliristmas program on 



for an Ingathering of souls.— Chas. A. Miller, St. Joseph, Mo., Jan. 
3. 

Spring Brunch.— Bro. J. J. Yoder and I have just closed a Sun- 
day-school and Bihie^Institute in this church. In the northern part 
ist satisfactory of any In- 



Yoder's work ( 



. Mohler, Leeton, 



NEBRASKA 

Beatrice church met in council Dec. 30, with our elder, 1 
W. Blough, presiding. One letter of membership was r. 
Officers for the coming year were chosen. We recenti 
chased a parsonage. This was made possible by one of o 
seerated brethren making a generous gift. The balance.! 
licited among the members. The deacons' visit reported a] 



installation 'services for the Sunday-school ofiicers and teachers. 
— Mary Neumann, 020 Soiith Fourth Street, Beatrice, Nebr., Jan, 

Enders.— Our Christmas program was largely attended, in spite 
of the severe winter weather. As a result of the use of ■' White 
Gifts for the King" service, we can report: Five conversions, 
thirteen reconsecrations, nine ~\-oIunteers to teacli in the Sunday- 
school, four Home Department visitors, many pledges to assist in 
various phases of Christian work, to read Bible regularlv, etc. Be- 
;ent gifts to India and 
to St. Joseph Mission, 



value. Our members' meeting was lield on New Year's Day. 1 
reports indicate that over ?900 was raised by the church and 
friends for the pastor's salarr, local expense, home and forei 
missions, during the past ten months. Plans were made for I 
painting of our church, and for the installing of a baptistry in I 



fori 



the I 



Finnell was elected elder and pastor for 
Sharp; Sunday-school superintendent; John I. Slifer, Christian 
Workers' president. — (Miss) Velma Bailey, Imperial, Nebr., Jan. 3. 
I.lncoln. — Yesterday, at our regular services, after Bro, Jarboe 
had made a strong plea, two young people came forward. At the 

our pastor administered baptisiu to five people. One is to be bap- 
" " " " -Sister Bessie Norris, 2227 Q Street, Lincoln. 



, Jan 



hel Kciijon, Litclilield, Nebr., Jan. I. 

NEW YORK 
Idsi-.— On Thaiilis;;iving Day we met at the L 
nold to spend the day. The brethren went t 
md hauled Wood to the church. The sisters ' 
send to an Orphanage ip '. 






1 spread and enjoyed by ail. In t 
evening we had our Thanksgiving service at the church, and 
collection of $0.40 was lifted for the Orphanage. Dee. t 
mem_bers met in business meeting. It was decided to organ! 
a Jiivenile Mission Band in the spring. The Sisters were a! 
granted the privilege of organizing an Aid Society, so. on Di 



; elected Presidents, and Sister Martha Weibley, Secretary and 



Our Christmas program was given on Sunday evening, Dec, 24. 
The children all did their parts well and received a nice remem- 
brance from the Sunday-school.— Zilpha Campbell, R. D. 9, Lud- 
lowville, N. T., Dec, 27. 

NORTH DAKOTA 
Columbiii Sunday-school.— Bro. D. M. Shorb, of Surrey, N. Dak.. 



closing Nov. 26. Two were baptised Nov. 30, by Bro. 
dorff. A large crowd gathered at our small church on Thanksgiv- 
ing Day to enjoy the splendid sermon which Ero. DeardorfE had in 

presiding. Bro. D. 

of membership were accepted and two were granted. Among the 
members recently received is Bro. Miller, a minister. Bro. Mc- 
Lflliin, Bro. Whipple and Ero. Lester Miller are deacons. Bro. 
W. A. PeardorlT was reappointed as elder for 1017. The Sunshine 
class of our Sunday-school scattered sunshine over one home in 
our community, by preparing a box of clothing and provisions. 



i were granted. Sister Fern Fi 

uperint^ndent. Eld. A. M. Sha; 

' J. C. Forney, oC I 



iiinpler, Egeland, N. Dak., Jan. 



1 Sister Alice Steven; 



Bro Marchaad was elected as elder for the ensuing year- B 
1'. Stutzman, fiunday-school ^superintendent; Kathryn Smith 
Christian Workers' president. Bro. C. D. Fager of Texas 
preached for us Dec. 31.-Klsle K. Sanger, Thomas, Okla., Jan. l! 
OREGON 

Ashland church met in council Dec. 23. Officers for the ensu- 
ing year were chosen, with Eld. L. B. Overhoiser as elder In 
charge. Sister Lizzie T. Detweiler. superintendent of the Sun- 
day-school, and Sister May Decker president of the Christian 
\\ orkers Meeting.— Mrs. Cora B. Decker, Ashland, Oregon, Dec. 27. 

Mohawk Valley congregation met in council Dec. 23, Bro. H. H 
,'■ i'*'^ T"^ elected Sunday-school superintendent. The Slseefa' 
Aid Society officers were elected, with Sister Bitter. President; 
Mster Adams, Vice-President: Mario Piquet, Secretary-Treasurer! 
11',^,P„'h "''■ n.- ^S ""^ ^'!^ "^'^^'^ «^ Sunday-school, we had a few 
recitaUons on Christmag by the children, when a treat was glvea 

them. .>%»vnral nf «.,» «,„,„! j , - "''."°° H^tvu 



presiding. Bro. Landls was 
year. Our Sunday-school was reorganized with Bro. Irvln KauS 
given by the 



hurch met in council Dec. 23. Our elder, Bro. F. J. 
: absent, Bro. F. P. Cordler presided." Three letters 
-Mrs. Chrlstenn Coate. R. D. 5, Cellna, Ohio, Jan. 4. 
a church mot in council Dec, 23, with Bro. Byerly 
■o. B. F. Snyder was elected as our elder for the 
ind Bro. Roy Weaver Sunday-school sAperintendent, 
d of a resident pastor. Ero. Harley Helnian offered 
uyDcc. 31. We are very thankful for all the help 
i^oiiellu Z. Crim. Bellefontaine, Ohio, Dec. 20. 
:.— Ero. David Holiinger, of Greenville, Ohio, came 
and preached twenty-one inspiring sermons. Eacli 
I fifteen-minute Bible Land talk, which was very 



our churehhouee. We need more workers here in the 061^— Mrs! 
II. H. Rltter, Mabel, Oregon, Dec. 25. 
Nowberg.- Eld. George Mishlet and wife, of South Whitley. 



I Dec. 23, at which time 



all that heard him. We held c^. v«l.^v« ^^^;. ^o, ut wuicn 
the officers for the ensuing year were elected, fild. S. P, van 
Dyko was reelected elder in charge. Sister Eliza J. Moore was re- 
elected as Sunday-school superintendent; Bro Leslie Cullea ores 
Ident of Christian Workers. Our Temperance Committee are Les 
nL !)►"' P"™?. ^"l^^' '""' '^'^"''* SP^J"- 0""^ Corresponding 
Committee is Eliza J. Moore, Ida Gllck and Mattie L. Dunlap. 
um committee Is doing good work for the church, keeping in 
wicii our scattered members. We received two letters of 

rship and granted three. We had a very interesting and 

appropriate Christmas program rendered by botli young and 
old. — Sarah A. Vnn rivtro Ma,.,i,«...» n t?-- ™ ' " 



srship aiid granted i 

1 Dyke, Newberg, Oregon, Dec. 
PENNSYLVANIA 



Back Creok congregation 1 



8 of meetings at Brandt's 



er assisted. The people i 
: from first to last. One line of Bro. 
DUnity problems, and was perhaps 
~ " ■ " "1 equippei 

nistry three splendid young 
Vheatland, Mo., Bro. J. Her- 
vin I. Ihrig, Fairfield, Mo.— 



, Hollansburg. Ohio, Dec. 



u not help the Mission Board of Southern 
■orkers needed here so much?— Sister Mabel 
Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. Jan. 3. 
ne year has passed since^we organized 
the Continental Mission church and Sunday-school. Two families 
have moved away, and Bro. J. A. Vancil has 
have kept up the average number, the Lord help 

^ts for 

Sunday-school oiflcers for the , _. _. 

icii, superintendent.—H. P. Senger, Continental, Ohio, Dec. 30. 
ust Dnyton church met in business meeting Dec. 2, with Eld. 
st presiding. All S " - - - _ .. . 

V orkers' 

Baldwin has relocated here, u) 
children of our Sunday-school, Dec. 10 a good congregation lls- 



.."r.l",'.*"**'"""*' ^^oneregatlon met in council Jan. 1, with Eld. D. 
II. Walker presiding. We feiectod church officers for 1017 which 
resulted in the reelection of all the old officers, with Bro! D. H. 
Walker as elder in charge. There was a good attendance at this 
I."-_^""f- J^ *^ ^'^'i_" l"'^'^' B"^'*^ Institute at the Pike house on 
vcn sessions. In which Bro. 
Bro, P. J. Blough, of Hoo- 
Thcy clearly and forcibly 



Walter S. Long, of Aitoona, 



. >.._v"jio, a.iii:j< Liearjy auu lorciDiy 
1 the Seripture.—J. C. Itelman, Ber- 



and West Dayt« 



added to the in 






' the program. The Sunday- 
al Christma's 






■ from the 



1 Donnels Creek congregations. These are much 
ireciated and are being used among the needy of our school. — 
Alice Tippy, 1430 May Street. Dayton, Ohio, Dec. 28. 
.oramlc. — Dec. 31 we reorganized our evergreen Sunday-school, 



2 Stutsman Is at present confined to his bed with pneumonia, 
solicit the prayers of the faithful in Christ.- Anna Stutsman, 
num, Ohio, Dec. 28. 
irblo Furnace Church 

itatlon of the membership 



Conenmuffh church met in council on Monday evening, Nov. 6. 
i.ia. ConielluM IlarwUberger was moderator. Bro. Logan Qossard 
.vas appointed foreman of the Conemaugh church. The Sunday- 
school was reorganized Sunday afternoon, Dec. 17. with Logan 
LjOBsard as superintendent. Recently a short revival was con- 
ilnctod In the Conemaugh church, by Bro. M. Clyde Horst, as- 
dsled by the local ministers. The meetings continued from Dee. 7 
,0 Dec. 17, inclusive. The sermons were fine and the meetings 
.verK well attended, considering the rough weather and the long 
ilstance which many of the people hud to traverse.- Ada Releh- 
ird, 211 Main Street, Conemaugh, Pa., Dec, 27. 
, J;^.^^":7rP"''. Sunday-school used as a Christmas service 
and found it interesting and up- 

bstuhce was $3 
with 110 Is to be sent to the Brooklyn Mission; the r^ 
dlflereut missionary purposes. Many renewed their ( 

' ' ~ ' ■;■ services la his work. Our superln- 

. H. B. Speicher, Garrett, 



le holidaya. Bro. E. B. Hofll, of Chicago, 11]., and Bro. C. C. Ellis, 
! Juniata College, were the principal speakers. Their lectures were 
' . greatly appreciated. Brethren H. S. Rep- 
[. E. Holsiuger and M, C. Horst, of our own 
me great messages of truth. Our dear Bro. 
i for Christmas, and attended the Bible Insti- 
ll, as was mentioned in last week's Messenger, 

- . - „ .J Honnlfnl Plil 

We beg of the entire Brotherhood _ 

me of grace. Bro. J. L, Bowman, of Scottdale, Pa., remained 
■ Sunday_and preached two inspiring sermons for us.— Mollie 



. 28. with 1 



. Wright presided. 



keeping coming i 



I the 



wTiich, as yet, we only have 
evening of the fourth Sunday of the month. The young people 
are making good spiritual progress iu this work. On Christmas 
Eve the children delivered a line program. They were remembered 
by appropriate gifts. Bro. Wright gave us a message in the 
morning and at night contributed to the program as well. He will 
-soon leave for other fields in evangelistic labor. — L. C. Ramsey, 
R. D. 5, Peebles, Ohio. Dec. 30. 



latrict Meeting. — D. G. Eerkebile, Secretary, Delta, Ohio. Dec. 28. 
Salem. — Our three weeks' series of revival meetings closed Sun- 
ty evening, Dec. 24. Ero. J. W. Norris, from Indiana, was with 
i and gave a series of splendid 'sermons. Sister Opal Hummer 
so was with us and greatly assisted In the work. Thirty-four 
ive expressed their desires to unite with the church. On the 



1 fourth week of January we ex- 
Iteplogle, of Wlndber, Pa., to be 
;. 31, at the close of the services, 
was baptized.— Mrs. Wm. H. B. Schnell. 1008 North 



1 J. Minnich, Unj 



, Ohio, Dec. 29. 



Workers' Meeting. Sunday evening, 
• Sunday-school rendered a Christmas program. The 
hite Gifts for the King" was used. At Intervals dur- 
gram each class presented a cash offering for Home 



Bro. Jasper Barnthouse was elected : 
superintendent of tlie Sunday-school; Bro. Josiab Thomas, p 
Ident of the Christian Workers' Meeting. Our Aid Society ■ 
reorganized recently, ■■■'-•-- . _ . 



Strait Creek Vulley. — Dec. 31 we reorganized our Sunday-school 
or 1917, after whicii Bro. Van B. Wright gave us a soul-lnsplring 
;ermon. Bro. Wright leaves for at least 'six weeks, to con- 
luet a series of meetings at Georgetown and Potsdam. — Senlth 
ietty, Sinking Spring, Ohio, Jan. 1. 

—We held our Christmas exercises Sunday evening, Dec. 



, 37 filaurice Street, Cniontown, 



. We had t 
all. Our attendai 



excellent program, after which 
Ohio, Jai 



23, our elder, Bro. C. L. Baker, presiding 
our love feast at the Mummert bouse May 
feast at the Latlmore house Oct. 27 to 28, 
elected Sunday-school superintendent 



feel ( 



^aggj cuutemplate holding a Bible Term 

week. Brethren H. K. Ober and Ralph ^ 
(own, will be the Instructors. — Andre 



East Berlin. 



up to help Bro. Gwong in his education.— J. L. Guthrie, Upper San. 
dusky, Ohio, Jan. 3. 

OKLAHOMA 

TUoroaB church met in business meeting Dec. 27, Eld. P. E. 

Marchand presiding. Two letters of membership were granted. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 13, 191? 






i by telegr; 









1 the ship 



FROM COLOMBO TO BOMBAY 

(Concluded from Page 27) 
ican Consul at Colombo, to show him 
that he could send o 
I Consul at Bombay, 
with entry permits, when wc ; 

these permits arc needed, in addition to ttie ones we now 
have from the British Ambassador at Washington. The 
Consul is a very agreeable man and advised us always to 
call on the American Consul when traveling in foreign 
countries. This we had not been doing. 

The accommodations on the " Mcdira," though not equal, 
in all respects, to what we had been enjoying as first-class 
passengers on otiier vessels, amply provided for our every 
want. This is one of the largest vessels of the T. and O. 
Line, and carries a large number of passengers. As this 
voyage is very much shorter than that on either of the 
other vessel^ it does not afford us as good an opportu- 
nity to become acquainted with the passengers, and the 
ship in general. It soon became apparent that extra pre- 
cautions were being taken to avoid danger. All the deck 
lights are very much shaded. Saturday morning a notice 
was up, requesting the passengers to be at their appointed 
boat numbers on the decks at 11 P. M., each wearing a life 
preserver. Officials of the ship, at these numbers,— where 
passengers would take to the boats in the event of a dis- 
aster.— carefully instructed them how to wear their life- 
jackets, and what to do in case the ship should meet with 
a disaster. This procedure is gone through every Satur- 
day, and is certainly in place, considering the journey this 
vessel will make through the Mediterranean. Of how much 
greater importance it is that all be clothed with the Right- 
eousness of Jesus Christ as they daily face the storms and 
battles of life. 

The Lord has certainly heard the many prayers of his 
people in granting us a pleasant and safe journey over the 
deep, and in revealing to us the consciousness of his bless- 
ed nearness. For this we are thankful and praise him for 
it When the dark shades of the night are lifted, we will 
be in Bombay harbor. A. T. Hoffert. 

Bombaj', India, Nov. 19. 



SISTERS' AID SOCIETIES 



2o yiirii 


untB to the 


needy of our city. 


done 


nd donnt 




expendi- 






needy 


n various 


$1).S1 






nd nbout 


WeekK 


309 North 


German 


a Avenue, 


ing is 


tie report 


of our A 


d Society: 




y n 11- day 


meeting 














twenty quilts, kn( 






coverings, 










veu dre 


8s-bonnets 


five dr 


esses, and 



one liundred nud fifty- 
four ciotties-pin apron 
many otber siual! articles. Wc gave to the 

petticoats, two dress-bonnets and quilted 
t comforter and quilt t 

Ived as offeri 

16. The total 

$10 to World-wide Missions as a Thanksgiving ottering; $5 to 
Uuteblnson, Kans.. for the needy. We gave ?20 to the Anna Z. 
BloQgh mission fund; $10 I 



[iiachlne. Y 
s elected f 
ke-Presidei 



Vice-President, Siol 



Sister Mary S 

intendent, Sister Ella Statler; As- 
Beile Penrod; Secretary-Treasurer, 
t Secretary-Trea-surer, Sister Fntn- 

:: i'resident, Sister Minnie Baker; 
Hiney ; Secretary and Treasurer, 

nee of seven, and a total olTering 
he amount of ?3.50. making an In- 
during the year, ¥21.54. We made 
lade two quilts. We bought a sew- 
s toward repairing the church and 
milles.— Mrs. E. J. Cllne, R. D. 6, 

■ollowing is the report of the South 

;s; knotted four comforts; quilted 
-'" pieced quilt-blocks and sewed 



t-topa 






thirty 



95M: oti..= r -.,...1-, 

iog. $11. r.'.. A.,,..i,r, 
cere. rt.s,. tjh' .,11 
Id^t, Sister Carrie 

SiBter Sadie Hi 

South Wliitley. Ind., Dec. 29. 



baptizi 

ST.2.S, We bought a . 

t »2.35 for Grandma Les- 
of $2r.55. Free=wlli ofTer- 

follows: Pres- 



-Presldei 



, Sister 



Samantha Dimm 



MATRIMONIAL 



—By the undersigned. 



Fyack-Uncapher. — By the undersigned, at his home, Dec. 25, 
1016. Bro. Jacob I. Fyock, of Clymer. Pn., R. D. 1, and Sister 
Cora Uncapher, of Marion Center, Pa. — D. R. Berkey, Marlon 
Center, Pa. 

Jlordin-Wlsecnp.— By the undeirslgned. at the home of the 
bride's grandfather, Bro. Harrison Wiaecup. Dec. 24. 1016, Mr. 
Ova R. Hardin and Sister Poarlie Wlsecup.— Van B. Wright. 



iBt«dl(-r-MIUer. — By the undersigned, nt his home near Jen- 
Md., Dec. 0, IfllO, Bro. William Albert Hochstedler, of 
" " EilEQbeth Miller, of Grantsvlile, Md.— J. E. 

Wails, Jennings, Md. 

Ho8t«tIer-WelEley. — By the undersigned, at the home of the 
bride'a parents, Brother and Sister Norman Weigley, of Orrvllle. 
Ohio. Dec. 23. 1016. Bro. Ammon Hostetier and Sister Lena Grace 
Weigley.— D. R. McFadden, Smithviile, Ohio. 

MttBon-ZlfflOT.— By the undersigned, nt Sister Zlgler'a home, 
Dec. 25. 1016, Bro, Russel E. Mason and Sister Mary P. Zlgler, 
both of Broadway, Va.— J. S, Boiler, Timberville, Va. 

Motcalf-Baldwln. — By the undersigned at the home of the bride's 
parents, Brother and Sister Oscar Baldwin, Dec. 24, 1016, Bro. 
Homer V. Metcalf, of Chewelah, Wash., and Sister Hazel L. 
Baldwin, of Deer Park, Wash.— W. H. Tigner, Valley, Wash. 

Mumau-Bbank. — By the undersigned, at the homo of the bride's 
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Shonk, Dec. 21, 1016, Bro. Guy 
Mumau and Sister Edna Shank, both of Lovejoy, Pa.— D. It. . 
Berkey, Marion Center, Pa. 

SooUiom-Rolslnecir. — By the undersignccl. nt the home of Bro. 
T W, Zlgler, Dec. 25. 1016, Bro. George Casper Scothorn, of Broad- 
, and Sla!er Myrtle A. Hoisinger, of Timberville, Va.— J. S. 

home of the 

bride's parents. Brother and Sister J. E. Hnhn, Dec. 24, 1016, Bro. 
Leo A. Vnnskoyk and Sister Leona K. Hahn.— Ellis H. Wagoner, 
R. D. 1, Pulaski, Ind. 

-By the undersigned, at 



and Miss 
Washing- 
ton, D. C. 

Waadward-i:ust«n. — By the undersigned, at the home of the 
bride's parents. Brother and Sister J. S. Easton [date not given 
by the writer), Bro. Calvin Woodward and Sister Annie Easton, 
both of Qulnter, Kans.— J. B. Gnrber, Portis, Kans. 



FALLEN ASLEEP 



dead which 



, died Dec. 6, lOlC, aged 



She died at the home of Bro 

Services at th« Mt. Horeb M. : 

Oronoco, Vn. Text, 2. Cor. 5: 1; Rom, 8: 38, 39. Interment : 

Bit. Horeb cemetery. — Robert H. Figgers, Oronoco, Va. 

DalUrd, Sister Pollle, born in Richland County, Ohio, July 23, 
1832. died Dec. 22, lOlfl. aged 84 years. 4 months and 20 days. 
She was married to Andrew Jackson B&lllrd April 10, 1852. To 
them were born four children. She was a member of the Church 
of the Brethren for about fifty years.- and died with 
faith in her Master. She leaves her aged husband, one son, one 
daughter and one foster daughter. Services at Cedar, Ind., by 
the writer. Text, Eccl. 0: B.— C. Walter Warstler, SCO South 
Van Buren Street, Auburn, Ind. 

Drown,^ Elmira, daughter of Frederick and Sarah Spanglcr, 
born in York, Pa., April 23. 1816, died at her home In Warren. 
Ind., Dec. 23, 1016, aged 70 years and 7 months. At the age of 
fourteen years she moved to Indiana with her parents. April 



died Aug. 28, 1003. Ni 
Brown. ~ - - - 

of eight. 

"Ihe is Eurvli 

; by Eld. Henry 



nited with the Church of the Brethren at thi 
;ars, and lived a consistent Christian life 
survived by her husband and five children, Serv- 



, Huntington, Ind. 



Dec- 18, 1016, aged 84 : 



He lived In Lordsburg for 
" " Church of the 



iren for a number of years. He never married i 
oik in this vicinity. Services from the Church of th 
iren by Eld. W. Q. Calvert, assisted by Eld. D. A. Nor 
Interment In the Evergreen cemetery, Lordsburg, Cnl.- 
; Hilemau Miller, Lordsburg, Cal. 

1 April 15, 1868. died No' 



Gault Aug. 17, 1 
born eight childi 



months and 10 days. He was married to Ida J. 



Dunning, and has three brothers 
rch when about 



Bro. Dunning ' 
\ esp 
1 be depended i 



Lly missed by the church, especially the i 
is health he could always be depended on 
. Rupel and C. N. Stutsman.— E. Ralph Eikenberry, Eas't We- 



Services by Bro. 



I County, Ind., March 

_ ed 72 years, 8 montha 

e with her parents to Monroe County, Iowa, 



> John Farreil Nov. 5, 1867. 



! she has since resided. She > 



, 1016. aged 48 years, 5 months and 16 days 
s married to Geo. W. Flory, of Imperial, 
; they lived until 1002. They then moved t 
1 Boise Valley, Idaho, where she passed 



> McConnell; 



died In Infancy. 



urvlved by his wife, 



; followed for i 



of the -Brethtt 



' strong and faithful families of 



nstllled into I 
his Master and 



ult he J 
his fourteenth ; 



Garber, < 

>f the Cb 

principles ot 



andfather, Eld. Jacob Saylor. He has served a.s church clerk 
since his appointment in 1880, and bis records, which are pre- 
served, furnish a great many historical data. He was also 
agent for the Brethren Publishing House for many years. Serv- 
ices at Beavor Dom church by the writer. Eld. Isaac Stitely, and 
the home brethren. Text, Psa. 23: 3. Interment In adjoining 
cemetery. — Jesse R. Eleln, Le Gore, Md. 

rley. Sister Susannah, nee Blosser, born near Logan, Hocking 
------- - , Mich., Dec. 



Feb. 



IS&l, she 



daughters survive 
Levi Harley. He died Jan. 15, 10: 
of the Brethren when quite youn 
earnest worker until death. Ser' 



1 Rockingham County, Va„ Feb. 1, 1852, died in the Brook- 
vllle chnreh, Ohio, Nov. 30, 1916, aged 64 ; " ' 

days. Early in life she i " " 
was a faithful sister unti: 

ricd'to Zachariah Hoip, This union was blessed with I 
and five daughters. She leaved a husband, three sons, fi 
and four brothers. Services by Elders J. W. F 



■ County, Va., Oct. 



monla. She be( 



but the immediate 



Eld. Peter and Rebecca Crumpaclcer. Her age ■ 
month and 19 days. Services In the Lordsburg church Dec. 20, by 
Eld. W. F. England, assisted by Bro. Chaa, Smith, from Kansas. 
Interment In the Evergreen cemetery, Lordsburg, Cal. — Grace H. 
Miller, Lordsburg, Cal. 

Isenberger, Susannah, daughter of John and Susannah Shomo, 
born in Huntingdon County, Pa., June 10, 1830, died In George- 
town, Ohio, Dec. 12, 1916, aged S6 years, 5 months and 26 days. 
She was united In marriage with William Isenbarger Ja». 14, 
1819. This union was blessed with three sons and two daughters. 
The eldest son and husband preceded her in death. She united 
with the Church of the Brethren in early life and remained ever 
was a kind and devoted mother and wife, al- 
after the welfare of her husband and children, 
thirteen grandchildren, and fourteen great-grand- 
re. Funeral services by Elders Newton Binkley and 



faithful. She 



1847, died i 

Georgetown, Ohio, Dec. 22, 3016, after'ai 

aged 69 years, 3 months and 12 days. 



, which church 1 



Ohio, Sept. 10, 



the Church of I 



r since. To this 



>. To daughter preceded him. 
hurch Services by Eld. A. W. 1 
living at the Reading church. 



in th© cemetery 



County, Ind,, n( 
her only duught 
aged 73 years, 11 
Kulp, May 13, If 



nths and IS days. 



! daughter, who survive. 



from a personal acquaintance with her for nearly forty 
Services In the West Goshen church by the writer. Text, Kev. 
2: 10, — Hiram Forney, 555 West Lincoln Avenue, Goshen, Ind. 

L&nsch, Sister Mary, wife of Bro, Henry Lausch, died in the 
bounds of the Spring Grove, Pa., congregation, Dec. 10, 1016, 
aged 80 years and 28 days. Her husband, four sons and two 
Creek church by Bro. A, 
the 
adjoining cemetery. — Florence L. Mohler, New Holland, Pa, 

Lltterest; Lewis, born in Ostenberg, Offenbiirg Co., State of 
Baden, Germany, Aug. 17, 1831, died Dec. 17, 1916, aged 85 years, 
4 months and 20 days. He come to America with his parents 
while quite young. He was a resident of Cerro Gordo, 111., since 
1871. He was married to Mary Jane Irwin Aug. 28, 1856. To this 

died nine years ago. He united with the Church of-the Breth- 
ren forty years ago, and remained faithful to the end. Services 
at the home by the writer. Te.xt, Heb. 13: 14. Burial in the 
Cerro Gordo cemetery. — A, L. Biugaraan, Cerro Gordo, III. 

Mc^IuUln, Joseph Everett, born Jan. 31. 1016, died Deo. 35, 
lOIC. He Is survived by his parents, three brothers and four sis- 
ters. Services by the Brethren, — WilHs Rodabaugh, Fredric, Iowa. 

MaBterson. John S., born In Mastersonvllle, Lancaster Co., Pu., 
March 18, 3843. died at Arkansas City, Knns., Dec. 27, 1910, aged 
73 years, months and days. He united with the Church of the 
Brethren twenty-five years ago and served as a deacon for many 
years. He leaves his wife, Susan Masterson, a daughter and a 
son. Services by the writer. Text, John 14: 1. His body was laid 
to rest in the splendid mausoleum at Arkansas City, &ans.^ 



William and Bosella E 
died Dec. 17, 



: Union, Ohio 



She leaves 



daughter, mother and sister. Services by Eld. 
D. M. Oarver. Interment In Mlnnlch cemetery, near Union, Ohio. 
— Sarah E, Minnicb, Trotwood, Ohio. 
Netzley, Lydla, daughter of David and Leah Stickey, born 



April 27, 1847, at Napervllle, III., died Dee. 24, 1916, i 
of her daughter in Gleadora, Cal., aged 60 years, 
27 days. She was the oldest ot seven children. 



and five daughters, all living but 



and 



for which she 



■nited with the Methodist Adams, Nebi 
I 3897 she united with the 
e was a faithful member at 



greatly Improved here. 



ministry, which 



'epted and faithfully 



ivill be greatly missed I 



, however, especially resigned, and filled with 
ndieas joy beyond. Service's by Eld, J. F. 
the home ministers,- David Betts, Nampa, 



Through their untiring efforts a i 



their vicinity. In 



they returned again 
ig of 1914 her health a 
rent ways, she again ea 



. Grater, South 



of the late Wm. Garber and 



spring of 1910. 
Smith. Test, Rev. 2: 



Interment in Oakdale cemetery. — Sallle E. Miller, Glendoi 



ongregatlon, Frederick Co., Md., Sept. 29, 
ged 72 years, 2 months and 8 days. Api 
led to Maria C. Hostler, To this union ^ 



! born five chiidrt 



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County, lown, 








1861. To this 




infancy, anrt o 


e at the age of th 


daughters sur 








Glotfelty, ^vho 


lied the following 


to Mrs. Mary 


leplogie, wlio surv 


Churcli of the 




devoted Christ 




He is survived 




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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



{PnbllBtilng AgtDt of Osntral Mission Board), 1 
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L. A. PLATE. AssUt&Dt Editor 

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J. H. Moor», Bebrlng. Fla.; H. C. Early, P«nn Laird, Ttt.; A. C. 

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^i^dt, LordBburg, Cal. 

BaslnesB HanAger, B. E. Anold 

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family visited.— togetliDr with Bro. Leslie Dunning and family, of 
Dauntlesa, Canada,— at the home of Sister Dora Budson. Sister 
Hudson is in a critical condition, having slipped on the Ice niid 
broken a bone in her hip. The evening was spent In an appro- 
priate manner for our sister, by singing, and prayer In her be- 
half. Bro. Dunning and family will return to their borne in Can- 
ning. Bro. Fitbrun and Bro. Kupel anointed Sister 



L. C. 



I time and she, 



, Chrlstmos Day. Sister Wise has been i 



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Notes from Our Correspondents 



hia year. The largest i 



(Concluded from Page 20) 



Ing as an Auxiliary of I 
Can Induce I'eople to 1 



) Chu: 



nd "Means by Which Wo 



ake n Mote Active 

the discussion of " Class Organization " 

i Sunday-school. The third eesslon was 

1 of " Missions and Teiupernnce in the 

given over to " Bible 

, M. J. Weaver, of ICv- 

helpful. Interesting and Instructive teaching on 

tb« Qospcl of John. This gave all a promising outlook for > 



and " Leadership " 

devoted 

Sunday-school." The Inst session 

Study." During all of these 



with Eld. J. S. Zigler as moderator. Bro. Zlgler 
Ider In charge for one year. Brethren J. S. Zlg- 
ones are our Sunday-school superlntendentR for 
er present at Sunday-school during 
iuw was 120, and the smallest number thirty-eight. The aver- 
age attendance for the year was seventy-six. — ^Anna F. Sanger, 
R. D. 1, Fayettevllle, W. Ta., Jan. 2. 

German Settlement. — Dec. 23 we convened for the first day of 
our " Tenth Annual Bible Term," which continued until the even- 
ing of Dec. 31. Eld. C. D. Bonsack was with us. Bro. Bonsack 
and Child Nurture," and the First Epiatli 



of John; Bro. M. H. Wolfe, 
Leatherman, who could not 1 
Biographies." Bro. Obed Han 
Our Lord." Bro. Bonsack pn 



Sister Allie 



series of Sunday-school Lessons. 



Secretary, 



with 



He < 



I deUnlte aim 



Wilt, 
Sunday-schools of 
coming : 



elsewhere. Bro. M. B, 
Sunday was spent as a Speci 
Grace Flke, Eglo: 



d to leave to begin a meeting 

olfe preached for us on Saturday night 

Prayer and Missionary Day.— 



■ of the Sunday-school 
army." Much Interest was manifested.— Alice M. Baker, Secretary, 
Curryvllle, Pu., Jan. 1. 

TEXAS 
Bethel church met In council Dec. 10, our elder, Bro. G. E. 
Wales, presiding. Bro. Wales and Sister Cora Miller were sent 
as delegates to District Meeting. Sister Leora Wales was re- 
elected Sunday-school superintendent. Bro. Willis Neft was chosen 
president of the Christian Workers' Meeting. — Minerva Strobm 



The World's Malicious Neutral 
An enterprising American woman has amaz 



;d the Chri 



E. D. 



Kenedy, Texas, Dec. 26. 

1 was made glad by the coming of Bro. Blair 

ally, formerly of Mansfield, Ark. They are now 

us. Thanksgiving Day Bro. Hoover gave us a 

< hud dinner at the schoolhouse and organized a 

church met In council Dec, 

jmbcrs are badly scattered. 

Ived.— M. B. GUIs, R. D. 1, 



VIRGINIA 

Cedar Grove. — At our Thanksgiving services Eld. B. W. Neff 
gave a good talk to a small congregation, after which a collection 
of i^QJ2 was taken for World-wide Missions. Christmas Day 
Eld. NefC again entertained us with an interesting talk. A collec- 
tion of ?27.30 was taken for home missions. We have an ever- 
green Suudiiy-school. Bro. David Good has been elected as su- 
perintendent for 1017.— Leila S. Neff, New Market, Va., Dec. 28. 

Elk Bun Sunday-school gave an interesting 



she explained wll 



Bridgewater, Va., 
of Paul's life and missionary journeys, whicl 

much eurnesLness. This was interesting am 
ur Sunday-school. Our dear Eld. D. C. Ziglei 



tian public by her revelations of what the liquor traffic has 
meant to the warring nations in Europe during the past 
three years, and how it is being grappled with. She has 
sho>vn that alcohol is neutral in the war,— maliciously neu- 
tral. This woman is Miss Margaret Wintringer, the sec- 
retary of the National Good Citizenship Movement, with 
headquarters in Chicago. Her extraordinary articles have 
been appearing in The Sunday School Times, an every- 
week interdenominational paper published at Philadelphia. 
Russia's great revolution was one of the most striking of 
these stories, but not less startling is the story of how Brit- 
ain met her greatest enemy, — a foe that Lloyd George de- 
clared was more deadly than Germany and Austria. If 
you address The Sunday School Times, 1031 Walnut St., 
Philadelphia, they will be glad to send you a copy of the 
issue containing this remarkable story of Great Britain's 
fight against drink. Or ask for one of the later issues con- 
taining Miss Wintringer's article on how France came into 
line for temperance, or the closing article, on "Drink's 
Future in Europe and America." 



Stony Creek church in Flat Rock congregatioi 
series of meetings Oct. 
sermons were preached. 



ntinuing until 



BIBLE INSTITUTE AT BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE 
January 20 to 28 

Day, Saturday, Jan. SO 
ithe Ministry.— B. S. Landls. The Sun- 
^. Miller. The Country Church.— J. C, 






Wine, Myers. Home Mission Wo 

gellst.— C. E. Long. 7 P. M., Sermoi 



1 Eva 



ler. 



NO' 



26, — fourteen strong i 



One was made willing to accept Christ, and ( 
Many others were made to think upon their ways. Nov. 25 we 
held our love feast. About isixty-ilvs surrounded the tables, Bro. 
Garber officiated.— J. S. Scrogbam, Crlmora, Va., Dec. 15. 

Lebanon church met in council Dec. 23, with Eld. S. P. Miller 
presiding. Bro. E. C. Wine was reiilected Sunday-school superin- 



Sondfty, Job. 21 
10 A. M., Sunday-school. 11 A. M., Sermon, What Shall I Do with 
:he Commandments of Jesus?- J. E. Miller. 7 P. M., Sermon, Jesus 
3f Nazareth.— J. E. Miller. 



Lebanon. We also appointed 



9 A. M., Keeping Up the Tone of the Sunday-school.— J. E. 
Miller. Chapel. Bible and Hymn Reading.— J. T. Qlick. Studies in 
" " P. M., Bible and Hymn Read- 
r.-^. E. Miller. 



s Gospel.— S. N. McCann. 



Privilege was granted 
changed the time of ol 
second Sunday in Mar 

1, Mt. Sidney, Va., Dec 

Volley BetheL— We n 

A. A. Miller, presiding. 



A. M., Use and Abuse of Sunday-school Helps.— J. E. Miller, 
Chapel. Christianity and the Modern World.- Paul H. Bowman. 
" Gospel^— 3. N. McCann. 1:30, The Galatian Let- 
Preparation. — J. 
n. 7 P. U:, Ser- 



Wine, it. D. Studies 

ter. — Paul H. Bowi 
. Miller. The Galatian Letter.— Paul H. Bowmi 



. Model Heart 



Department in working c 






Cbristm 



, Bussaxd, Bolar, Va., Dec. 



: large. Brethrt 

HIT. We hope to e 

: by spring. 

I Day by Bro. 



H. MUler and Ray- 
' I of the Sunday- 
Home Missionary 



! Modern World.- 



Christianity 

In John's Gospel.— S. N. McCann. 1:30 P. M., The Galatian Letter. 
—Paul H. Bowman. Getting Teachers.— J. E. Miller. The Gala- 
■.— Paul H. Bowman. 7 P. M., Sermon, A Model Church. 



WASHINGTON 
Deer Park. — We have moved our Pine Grove Sunday-school to 
Deer Park. Bro. J. H. Gorden and family, of Weston, Oregon, 
have located among us, so now we have Sunday-school and 
preaching services every Sunday, in the homes of our members. 
We appreciate having a minister with us. Bro. W. H. Tigner Model Sermon, 
and family, of Valley, were with us over Sunday. Bro. Tigner 



—J. E. Miller. 

Thursday, Jan. 25 
fl A. M., Why the Boy Left Sunday-school.- J. E. Miller. Chapel. 
Scripture and Hymn Reading.— J, T. Qllck. Studies in John's 
M., Scripture and Hymn Reading. 



P. M., 



preached I 



-Katie Baldwin, Deer Park, Wash.. Dec. 27. 
ive met in council. Sister Grace Stlverson was 
hool superintendent, and Sister Mable Hylton 
irlstian Workers' Society. Bro. H. M. Rotb- 
Ider in charge for the coming year. One letter 
i received. Our Sunday-school gave a pro- 



the pleasure of the meeting. One 



1 Sunday-school Work. — J. 



A. M.. The Needs < , 

Miller. Chapel. Scripture and Hymn Reading.— J. T. GUck. Studie 
P. M., Scriptuj 



i Gospel.— S. N. McCann, 



Reading.— J. T. Glick. Points f 
Sermon, A Model Letter.- 
EduoaUon 
M., My Boy and '. 



. Miller. 7 P. M., 



: of School Life.— N. D. Cool. 



Get Most 

. Miller. The Cost „ _. „. ^, „„ 

Two Hundred Thousand Dollar Campaign.— J. E. Miller 
Sermon, A Model Young Man.- J. E. Miller. 

10 A^M.p Sunday-school, Sermon. Belshazzar's Feast, J, 

the Sunday-school Go.— W. T. Sange) 



of meetings fo: 

oar people bul 

offers special advaotagei 

mate, mild winters, comparatively cheap land, 



1 January, W« ^ 
a strong church 



ind Girls. 

1.— J. E. 

Aid Society v.ill furnish ! 

e homes of the brethren and friends is 1 

ng or board in the College. A cordial I 

Jno. S. Plory. 



-J. E. Miller. 7 P. M., Sermon, The I 
: reasonable ( 



irlety of products 



have 8 healthful cll- 
d a splendid sys- 
» perfection. Onr 



Wash., Jan. 2. 
Stiver BOBu-W* 

Biding. Eld. Wagner 



ncll today. Eld. C. A. Wagner pre- 

osen to Bcrv« another year. Bro. F. 

chosen Sunday-school superintendent. Our children 



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No. 3 



In This Number 



nnd Foolish Sin, 



Limitation's of My Brethrt 



■ the World's Sin, 



The Challenge to the Churches (D. W. K.) 

The Church and Society.— ITo. 5 {H. A. B.), 

Man nnd Headship (J, H. M.) 

^ontrlbntora' Forum, — 

■ Give! Qivel Give (Poem) I ^ 

Selt-denyine Versus Denying Self. By W. M. Howe, , 



rip to Our Mlsaion I 



Forgiveness and '. 



-A Parable. By Morris Welsel, 



Bezalel and Efficiency, By S. Z, Sharp, ; 

Nagging. By Grace R. Sell : 

)me and Family,— 
The Savior's Last Supper with His Disciples (Poem). By 

James A. Sell 4 

The Song at Proudhearts'.— Part Two. By Ida M. Helm, 4 



...EDITORIAL... 



Filling Your Own Place 

The reports of John's preaching in the wilderness 
had started in many minds the question whether he 
might be tiie expected Christ. And when the Jeru- 
salem delegation went out and put the question to him 
point blank, there was a fine opportunity to bid for the 
highest place. For, if John had been willing to be the 
kind of Messiali the people wanted, he could have 
seized the chance here offered and have found thou- 
sands ready to rally to his call. But John was not will- 
ing to play so false a role; he was a true man. He even 
disclaimed the honor which Jesus afterward, accorded 
him, — that of fulfilling Malachi's prediction of the 
coming of Elijah. He will not admit that he is any 
prophet at all. He makes no claim to greatness. He is 
only a voice in the v/ildemess, calling on the people to 
get ready for the kingdom, which Isaiah had long ago 
said was coming, and which was now at hand. 

What a rebuke this is to some modern desperate ef- 
forts toward scff-exaltation. And it is more. Not 
only did John disclaim a higher rank than was justly 
his, but he cheerfully took the place assigned him and 
did his best to fill it faithfully. Just because he is not 
Jesus, he will not refuse to be John. Just because an- 
other is soon to appear whose fame will quickly eclipse 
his own, he does not refuse to do his own work. How 
beautiful this is! And how rare! How the work of 
the kingdom would go forward if we were always as 
willing to take the place where we can w^ork best, and 
then work there with all our might. 



'? 



A Base and Foolish Sin 

There are few sins that appear in baser light in 
Bible teaching, or are oftener held up to condemnation 
than that of envy. When we stop to think how abso- 
lutely ugly envy is, how mean a streak of human nature 
it reveals, how profitless besides, the wonder is that we 
so easily fall victims to it. The fact shows how de- 
ficient we still are in that fundamental grace which is 
the very heart of Christian character. Love envieth 
not. The'remedy for envy, then, is love. Whatever 
tends to increase our stock of this basic virtue, is so 
much armor plate, against the green-eyed monster. 

Consider, also, how foolish envy is. Almost never 
does it succeed in accomplishing its evil purpose. We 
do not lift ourselves up by pulling another down. And 
rarely do we get the other person down. There is a 
sort of grim humor running through the matchless 
Joseph story, as we see how easily the well-laid plot of 
Joseph's brothers^ to get rid of him, is brushed aside 



by Almighty Providence, and overruled to the further- 
ing of his own great ends and tlie exallatioii of tlic one 
they sought to debase. 



The Limitations of My Brethren 

I HAVE a large circle of acquaintances and fellow- 
workers, whose friendship and Christian fellowship I 
prize highly, but they all seem to be a little off in some 
respects. Some of them have peculiar notions. Others 
do not explain certain Christian doctrines, as Regen- 
eration, Sanctificalion, Grace and Works, and so on, 
quite to my liking. When I first realized the situation, 
it seemed remarkable that not a siTigle one of my 
friends had correct views on all subjects. I felt a 
great sense of loneliness, as well as the weight of the 
task before me, that of getting my brethren all lined up 
exactly right. 

In fact, I was discouraged until one day I made an 
interesting discovery. I found out that my friends had 
noticed the same thing in me. Some of them were kind 
enough to tell me about it and I began to surmise that 
the rest of them knew it too. They do not all agree 
as to the exact nature of this " it," but so far as I now 
know there is perfect unanimity of opinion that " it " 
exists. Most of them like me fairly well anyway. 
Some would be much better pleased if I were a little 
more " so-and-so," while there are a few whose ideals 
of what a man should be would be completely satisfied, 
apparently, if only I were not quite so " thus-and-so " 
inclined. ' 

The first effect of my discovery was, of course, hu- 
miliating, but it seems now to be yielding " peaceable 
fruit." Already that "sense of loneliness" is gone. 
I love my brethren better than ever, and while I still 
want to help them in every possible way, my feeling 
of responsibility for the correction of their opinions 



and peculiarities is not quite so crushing. Instead of 
being annoyed by these variations from the proper 
standard, as I fee it, I find in them an invitation to 
make frequent reexaminations of my own opinions. 
Thus we are living and working pleasantly together, 
happy in the privilege of bearing with one another and 
helping one another to a clearer, more accurate. appre- 
hension of the truth. 



Bearing the World's Sin 

What an eloquent description of Jesus and his mis- 
sion is that great saying of the Baptist in John one 
twenty-nine: " The Lamb of God that taketh away the 
sin of the world." The conception is the same as that 
in Isaiah fifty-three, and it seems almost certain that 
John had that great passage in his mind. If, in accord- 
ance with the thought of that chapter, we read " bear- 
eth " here, as in the margin, we get the picture of the 
gentle, self-sacrificing Christ, living and suffering nnd 
dying for men, bearing their sins both in his life and in 
his. death, and by bearing them, helping men to put 
them away. 

Do you forget, in your daily conflict with sin, that 
even now a great and gracious Father, with infinite love 
and patience, in exactly the same spirit as that with 
whidi Jesus bore the sins of men as he lived and died 
among them and for tliem, is bearing yours and help- 
ing you to victory.' If only we could understand the 
boundless sympathy of God with sin-cursed men, as 
that which was shown in Jesus, and would trust his 
grace and power, our sins would be taken away too. 
But in Jesus' bearing of the world's sin, we have not 
only an exhibition of the way God feels about our sins, 
but also an illustration of the way in which we, too, in 
some measure, may bear the sins of others and help 
them to a saved life. 



The Challenge to the Churches 



It is commonly said that the church has lost her 
" leadership," that in all the great crises of the world, 
the church does not come forth w^ith a message, with 
vision, with help; but men must look to politicians, to 
scientists and elsewhere for light and guidance. 

Surely, no severer criticism could be made on the 
church than to say that she has no light to shed on the 
problems of the day; that she has no vision in this age 
of materialism; and that she has no leaders that can 
guide the thought and life of an age that is lost in a 
labyrinth of human failures. If this is true, it is the 
fault of the leaders who have become traitors to their 
Lord, and not the fault of the Christ and his Gospel. 

I contend that the prophet of God today has a mes- 
sage, — a true message, — that will bring salvation and 
solution to the problems of the age. What are these 
problems? I think the following list of world problems 
will cover the most of them: 

1. Political, — the problem of monarchy, autocracy, 
or true democracy. The Bible teaches clearly that the 
proper relation of man to man is that of "brother" 
(Matt. 23: 8). Christ gave to the world the doctrine of 
the brotherhood of man, and the church is not true to 
her mission unless she proclaims this doctrine to the 
ends of the earth. "Where there is no vision, the people 
perish." Is it possible that the church's vision on this 
question is dimmed? It is not true of the Church of 
the Brethren, and God calls upon us to establish this 
doctrine. 

2. Peace and War.— The thinking world is gradually 
coming to recognize the futility of war. but only 
through the cost of war itself. It seems strange that 
anyone can call himself a follower of the Prince of 



Peace and not have a message that is clear and con- 
vincing for the promotion of peace among men. Let 
our ministers, whose sight is clear on this question, 
proclaim loud and long the Truth, — the will of God, — 
on this subject. 

3. Labor and Capital. — Perhaps here is where wc 
ourselves have failed to solve the problem. In the earli- 
est days, when one nation or tribe fought with another, 
they killed the conquered. An advance in civilization 
spared the conquered but made them slaves. The next 
step was feudalism where the laboring man was bought 
and sold with the land. The next step is the one where 
we are now, — labor and capital, — where capital owns 
the tools of production and hires " hands " at the low- 
est wage possible. 

We are just^ coming to the Christian view of this 
subject where we clearly see that the production of 
wealth is due to the cooperation of three factors, — la- 
bor, capital and the public. Christian ethics demand 
that the distribution of wealth should go to those who 
have produced it. Mr. Henry Ford has demonstrated 
this best of any one to my knowledge. His workmen 
share in the earnings. The public gets a good product 
for the money, and a refund if the earnings permit. 
I do not know whether the distribution is just, hut it 
is an attempt to let those who have cooperated to pro- 
duce wealth, share in it. 

Surely, the church can preach justice and righteous- 
ness and equity in these matters, and create a con- 
science that will solve these problems. " A problem is 
never solved, till it is solved right." And it is never 
solved right until it is solved on the basis of the 
Brotherhood of man, and the Fatherhood of God. 



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4. The Liquor Problem. — I need say very little here 
because more and more do the churches stand firm on 
the question of temperance. But no doubt the slow- 
ness of many churches, and still a certain per cent who 
do not lead in the work of temperance, has caused the 
church to lose her rightful place of leadership. 

5. Social Amelioration. — There are thousands of 
problems in eve;-)' community that need adjustment; 
the ridding of vice and temptation, the problems of 
public roads, buildings, education, offices, taxes, funds, 
etc. Here again, the church should create such a keen 
sense of honesty, justice, cooperation and brotherhood, 
that the public conscience would adjust all business On 
the Qiristian plan. The church does not need to enter 
politics, — she should not, she is above politics, — she 
creates and purifies the public conscience. 

6. Individual Problems, — the problems of individual 
doubts and sins. There is nothing in true science or 
philosophy that need to embarrass or weaken the Chris- 
tian message one whit on the problems of the individ- 
ual. All thinkers are agreed that the life of Christ is 
the Supreme Life, and in liim alone do we gain the 
victor)' over the world. 

Not one of these problems can be solved by science, 
sociology, economics, politics, philosophy or any other 
" olog}' " or " ism." The true way of Life is the Gos- 
pel way, and tlie only power known among men, that 
enables this world to attain to this way, is the living 
Christ. 

It is the business of the church to Christianize the 
public conscience, to save the individual, and give him 
victory over sin and doubt, and to give light and truth 
and guidance to" an age in darkness and defeat. Broth- 
er minister, clarify your vision; then, with the courage 
of Amos, or Paul, or Christ, make your church flie 
leader of thought, and a beacon light to the world. 
I ,^«,_-^^^^^ D. w. K. 

The Church and Society 

No. 5.— The Church and Economic Conditions 

The relation between the church and the economic 
conditions of the surrounding community is a subject 
that is given rather frequent consideration in these 
days. Apparently there is to be no decrease of interest 
in the question, for reports and surveys are still forth- 
coming. 

It is the rural church that figures irt most of tliGse 
investigations, and for this there is just cause. Cities 
and urban communities have been building up at such 
a rapid rate, for the past generation, that the country 
has been drained of much of its best. The well-to-do 
farmer has moved to town and left his ranch to ten- 
ants. Many of the most aggrcssi\'e of the young coun- 
try folk have left for tlie large cities and there fur- 
nished more tiian their share of the successful men and 
women. Again, some communities have declined be- 
cause the land or location was poor, in comparison 
with the newer lands of the West. Therefore, in one 
way or another, many rural districts have been 
skimmed of the best until the whole country organi- 
zation has declined in spirit and vitality. 

But now a change has come. The new land is all 
disposed of and the cities are so crowded that there 
.the competition is heartless and discouraging. Prices 
have gone higher and higher, and now everywhere men 
are beginning to feel, if they can not understand, that 
the basis of all wealth is in the open country. Agri- 
culture is fundamental. 

The church in the country has suffered, along with 
the decline of all other rural institutions. But now, 
since the tide has turned, it is but logical that the 
church should have some large share in the regenera- 
tion of the life of the country community. In this 
movement the church should lead rather than follow, 
if it is to be the light and salt of the earth. Improved 
methods of transportation, of communication, and 
scientific agriculture are some of the things that make 
the economic rejuvenation of the rural community 
possible. These changes are the opportunity of the 
church. 

It will be remembered that in the life of Christ many 
long days of healing the sick prepared the way for 
eloquent sermons. It is not evident that things have 
changed since that early day. The church must use at 
home something of the same strategy that she uses on 



the foreign field. Medical work seems to be the great 
preliminary for the effective preaching of the Gospel. 

Of course, our rural districts may not need hospitals, 
but they do need good roads and a knowledge of better 
agricultural methods. Hence, the first step is to get 
ihe rural, inhabitant into such an economic condition 
that he can appreciate a kind and provident Heavenly 
Father. 

It is about time for objections to be raised. What 
about religion? Is not the church a religious institu- 
tion? This is, indeed, a timely question, and one that 
is being lost sight of in the advocacy of good roads and 
farm textbooks. The fundamental work of the church 
is to. minister to the religious needs of man, but some- 
times, in the course of human events, conditions arise 
where it is necessary for the churchman to dismount 
and emulate the good Samaritan. It may be necessary 
to improve the roads before regular appointments can 
be vei7 largely attended. 

It should be clearly comprehended that the church 
is not an organization for road building. It can never 
hope to compete with the agricultural college in the 
teaching of better methods of farming. The church 
can do something much finer than all this, — it can lead 
out in this period of getting things started and then, 
when the college is strong enough, it can turn over the 
teaching function to the proper authorities. That is, 
the church still maintains its interest in roads, colleges, 
and tlie like, but having cleared up the situation, it re- 
turns to put a new emphasis on religion, which is the 
church's real purpose and work in this w^orld. 

The relation of the church to economic conditions 
is best understood in the light of the long view of his- 
tory. The spiritual life of the community must not be 
neglected, for if the church fails in this, she fails in 
nil. But just at present the church must lead in the 
improvement of economic conditions, as a means to an 
end, and that end is the highest spiritual w^ell-being of 
the community. To accomplish this will demand clear- 
ness of vision and the most unselfish type of leader- 
ship, on the part of the church. But the reward is 
worth the effort. h. a. b. 



Man and the Headship 

After the Lord had decided on peopling the earth, 
the first thing he did was to make a man. This was 
the start, the first step, the beginning, — to speak exact- 
ly. He might have started differently, but did not. 
Some time later, — just how many hours we are not in- 
formed, — he made a woman. He might have made 
the woman before he formed the man, but that was not 
the divine way of thinking. We rnight speculate as to 
what would have been the outcome, had the woman 
been given the start, or preeminence. We know what 
has happened wdth man in the lead. With woman at 
the head of the race, conditions might have been dif- 
ferent, but they could not well have been worse. Of 
one thing we feel quite sure, — there might have been 
far less war. 

But why should we meditate on the idea of a re- 
versal of God's plans? He made man first, pronounced 
the work not only good, but very good, and then 
placed him at the head of the race. He then made a 
woman, but he made her for the man. She, too, was 
pronounced good, and together they had a splendid 
start in this world. But since they were not rendered 
proof against mistakes, a mistake was made by one of 
them, and it so happened that the woman made this 
the first step in the direction of sin, and in this man- 
ner led in the lowering of the race. But is she con- 
tinually to be reminded of this error? Not in this ar- 
ticle, at least. 

Our purpose is to consider one phase in her relation 
to man, in view of the unchangeable fact, that man is 
the head of the race. He was placed at the head by 
his Creator, and his position as the head has been con- 
firmed time and again. This may not please some 
women, but it does most of them. But even with the 
latter, the justice of a man's position is not so much 
questioned, as the way he administers the affairs of 
his office, as head of the race, head of the family, and 
head of the woman. 

For ages man has misunderstood, his mission, as 
head of the race. He has misunderstood his relation 
to the woman, as the head of the family. This has 



not been universal, but in some of the ages it has been 
too general to permit the proper culture and elevation 
of the race. It was not the original intention that the 
woman should be the man's slave, and that his word 
should be the law of the family, in spite of the wish- 
es and often better judgment of the wife to the con- 
trary. While reason may concede to him the right of 
the deciding voice, in case of a diiTerence, still, if he 
is prudent, in matters pertaining to his headship, he 
may so adjust his affairs as not to permit a case of 
this kind to arise. Not long since we heard an intelli- 
gent business man say that his wife never interfered in 
his business affairs, and yet, in all important move- 
ments, there was a perfect agreement. Then he added 
this significant expression: "If we do not happen to 
see alike about something, we just let it rest until our 
minds get together." This was wise, and where mat- 
ters are permitted to take this turn, the mere fact of 
the man standing at the head of the family never 
creates any friction. 

There is such a thing as undertaking to run a family 
with two firmly-set heads. Sometimes it is arranged 
for one head to exercise authority inside of the home, 
while the other has the outside for his kingdom. Some- 
times the two heads blend so harmoniously, that fric- 
tion becomes impossible. Occasionally the man be- 
comes the weaker vessel, and the woman finds herself 
at the head of the family as an unfortunate necessity. 
We need not discuss these phases of life. All the par- 
ties involved are so constituted, and so situated as to 
be in a position to care for their individual and united 
interests. 

But how about the family where the husband poses 
as lord of everything he possesses, — wife, children and 
the property? He sets the metes and bounds of the 
wife, lays down stringent rules for the children, and 
appropriates to himself all the liberty he craves. He 
buys, he sells. He hoards up his money, or he spends 
it. There is just one purse in the family, and it is in 
his pocket always. The good wife may work just as 
hard as he does, and be just as saving, but she does not 
have control of any of the profits. She may want a 
dress, and may need it badly, but she must beg for the 
money, however humiliating it may be to her. When 
they go to town together, how the faithful wife would 
like to have a purse with some money in it that she 
could spend as she pleases, but probably she must be 
content with a few dimes tied up in one corner of a 
handkerchief. To say the least of it, all this is humiliat- 
ing and chafing. It makes the woman feel that she is a 
mere slave to the man whom she early in life promised 
to look up to as her husband. 

Do you say that there is not much of this in the 
world any more? Well, but there is, though it may not 
all come to the surface -in the same form. It is the 
result of the abuse of man's headship, a relation tliat 
should prove a blessing to the wife and her children, 
instead of a galling yoke. The ideal relationship 
should be as near that of equality as possible with man 
remaining the legal and divinely-appointed head, pos- 
sessing an authority that can be called into action in 
case of necessity, and yet so wisely exercised that it 
becomes a matter of loving respect rather than an ever- 
present power, to be feared or dreaded. When a man 
once learns to love his wife, as he loves his own flesh, 
and considers her brains as well as his own, and con- 
sults her tastes as he consults his, then, and not till 
then, may we look for the ideal headship contemplated 
in the creation of man and woman. j. h. m. 



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Give! Give! Give! 

Give as the morning tliat flows out of heaven: 
Give as the waves when the channel is riven; 
Give as the free air and sunshine are given; 

Lavishly, utrtrly, carelessly give. 
Not the waste drops of the cup overflowing, 
Not the taint sparl<s of thy hearth ever glowing. 
Not a pale bud from the June rose's blowing; 

Give as He gave who gave thee to live. 
Pour out thy love like the rush of a river 
Wasting its waters, forever and ever. 
Through the burnt sands that reward not the giver; 

Silent or songful thou nearest the sea. 
Scatter thy life as the summer shower's pouring; 
What if no bird through the pearl ram is soaring? 
What if no blossom looks upward, adoring? 

Look to the life that was lavished for thee. 
Almost the day of thy giving is over; 
Ere from the grass dies the bee-haunted clover, 
Thou wilt have vanished from friend and from lover. 

What shall thy longing avail in the grave? 
Give as the heart gives whose fetters are breaking. 
Life, love, and hope, all thy dreams and thy waking; 
Soon heaven's river thy soul-fever slaking. 

Thou Shalt luiow God and the Gift that he gave. 
— Rose Terry Cooke. 



Self-Denying versus Denying Self 

BY W. M. HOWE 

Probably the above caption is the proper label for 
the contrast to which we should give attention, rather 
than " Self-denial versus Denial of Self." In the lat- 
ter theme there are those who see no contrast. There 
seems to be too much speculation as to the meaning of 
self-denial. 

Self-denying means that self is enthroned as in every 
sinner,-self dictates, self rules,— and if there is any 
denying, it is self that does it, though all the while self 
takes care of self. See the operation of self,— destitute 
of ""charity,— in 1 Cor. 13; 1-3. See the pleadings of 
self and the answer of Jesus in Matt. 7: 22, 23. 

But Jesus says self must be denied if one would be 
his disciple (Mark 8: 34). Self,— the old man,-must 
no longer hold the fort. Self must be dethroned, cru- 
cified —reckoned dead. Self may cry for recognition 
but the cry must not be heeded. We wonder who else 
ever did " take up his cross " and follow Jesus? This 
important matter should be better understood.^ 

A rich man may give his thousands without a 
thought of denying self, in which case it is likely an 
instance of self dividing with others for selfish reasons, 
—for advertising purposes of one kind or another. The 
poor widow, however, who gave the mites, had really 
denied self. 

Mary saved Tier candy money,— quite a sacrifice,— 
till she had enough to buy a feather for her hat. She 
could not have both. She took her choice. It was 
self's choice, not Jesus' choice. But in the meantime 
she was converted. She denied self, and then she cared 
less for candy, and nothing for the feather. After that, 
Mary was pleased to let Jesus have his say in the dis- 
position of her nickels. 

We have heard of those who sacrificed ( ?) to study 
the Sunday-school lesson, and to go to church, and to 
dress plainly, who want to call it " denying self." How 
about those who love to dress plainly, and who think 
it such a loss,— such a sacrifice,— if they miss a lesson 
or a service? These latter have denied jW/,— have 
turned self out.— have crucified the flesh, and Jesus, 
by his Spirit, lives in them. In the former, self still 
lives and, to get to the services, generally self must 
make some sacrifice and about as often wants some 
credit for doing so. 

John was ashamed of his tobacco habit and decided 
to improve his record. Five cents a day instead of ten 
should be his rule. His church tax had been but $5 per 
year and he often declared it was much too high for 
any poor man like him to pay. We'll not say what he 
did with the $18.25 he saved by his new plan. But 
we do ask, " Should he not have kept it for himself? 
Did not self sacrifice a lot by giving up so much tobac- 
co and should not self be recompensed? " A few 
weeks later John was really converted. He sacrificed 



self. Self never got another chew or smoke. Self 
was under (1 Cor. 9; 27). Self had no more say to 
the $36.50 now being saved. Then it was that the new 
John raised his own church tax and did not complain 
any more. After that he would say ; " How strange ! 
The brethren used to tax me $5 a year and I squirmed, 
while, at the same time, the devil taxed me $36.50, and 
I never objected at all." It is easy to believe that 
thereafter John was a cleaner, healthier and happier 
man than he had ever been before. It was, in the final 
act, not a case of self sacrificing tobacco (a part of it) 
and getting some comfort and some credit for it. It 
was a case of sacrificing «//,- letting Jesus in,— and 
then tobacco had to go. 

Two girls were on their way to the " movies," when 
tliey met a friend who plead with them to go- along to 
the revival meeting, then in progress. Both were con- 
victed and at once self in each was willing to do some 
denying. One went home and was so unhappy because 
her evening was spoiled. Self ruled in her. The other 
heard a sermon and a call from God. She was con- 
verted. She denied self and great joy flooded her 
soul. She was eager to pronounce the evening the best 
one of her life. 

It was Sunday morning and, as the good wife feared, 
it was decided at breakfast that they would not go to 
church that day. The husband was " hardly well 
enough." This had frequently happened before, while 
the wife had noticed that he was always ready for his 
tasks on Saturday and that his sickness was always 
gone by Monday morning. An hour later he answered 
the phone. It was a call to come at once to a big din- 
ner some miles away. He was ready at once to admit 
over the phone and to argue with his wife that the out- 
ing would probably do him good. She would not argue, 
for she believed it. She believed all the morning that 
the drive to, and the service at, the church would do 
them both good. After the nicest kind of a talk he 
agreed that it was self that plead to stay at home and 
that again it was self that was ready to go to the big 
dinner. He agreed also that when self is denied, the 
new man and not the old is on the throne in this temple 
of God and that then matters are gladly decided for 
him, and not to please the flesh. 

When self does the denying, it often makes a good 
appearance, because of which self may fed well paid 
and decide to do it again. Self may sacrifice and make 
a show of charity and be greatly pleased with the com- 
pliments that come his way. Thus pride is fed. Just 
as surely self may give largely and when recognition 
is tardy, self may decide it does not pay, and may cease 
his giving till he finds a more appreciative recipient. 
Indeed, self may squirm and pout if the name of the 
proud donor is not given to the public. Self does a bit 
and wonders what it did not do (Matt. 25 : 44). But 
the child oil God gives and forgets, and wonders and 
is humbled at the recognition and the honor that is his 
(Matt. 25: 37-39). Jesus knew the road to joy, to 
glory and to salvation when he said, in Matt. 16 : 24, 
" If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, 
and take up his cross, and follow me." 
Meyersdale, Pa. 



times were the direct result of failures, — seeming fail- 
ures. Moses failed as a leader, even at the end of his 
noble career. Christ's life, seemingly, was full of fail- 
ures. Daniel, Paul and John had failures as well as 
successes. 

American history is the same: Columbus, a failure, 
died in chains. John Paul Jones encountered failures. 
John Brown met apparent failures. Yet these failures 
were great successes for the American nation. Many 
of the world's great men were made great because of 
their failures. Failures drove them to real achievement, 
as shown in the lives of Cooper, Socrates, Washington 
Irving, and others. The history of the world is written 
in the blood of men who made successes out of failures. 
Every locality has its own failures, — successes. 
Look around you and see. Look at your own church 
and Sunday-school, and see the great successes that 
have been made through failures. If your church has 
had no successes, you will sec no failures, and if it has 
had no failures, there have been no successes. Every 
Christian worker, with the many things we have to en- 
counter in the Sunday-school today, should bear these 
things in mind. 

In a recent conversation with an aged man, he made . 
the remark, " I long for the time again when God will 
send me a failure, for there is my greatest success." 
For a time I could not understand it. Now it is plain. 
In our own experience we have known of a young man 
who failed as a Sunday-school superintendent. His 
own people practically exiled him. And to this day 
they have dropped him from the working force. God 
took the young man direct from failure, placed him at 
the head of a large Sunday-school organization, among 
unknown people, and he revolutionized the Sunday- 
school in that community. New Sunday-schools were 
organized, new churches built,,and new life was put ui- 
10 old Sunday-schools. 

Sometimes God can master us in no other way than 
through failures. God works in mysterious ways. His 
will, not ours, will ultimately prevail. Let us follow 
the pathway of " Be ye faithful." Let us walk in this 
path of roses; it is not a thorny path, but one of fra- 
grant flowers. When God places in our pathway a fail- 
ure, it is but a sign that the path has a turning. The 
failure that he has placed in our way is the only man- 
ner he has, of showing us the new turning. Let us fol- 
low it, and at the end of the new turning we shall find 
success. 
Kearney, Nebr. 



I Fear Failure 

BY FRANK MUSSELMAN 

" Be ye successful." 

GoD, in his great foresight and marvelous wisdom, 
foresaw a great many things, and consequently did not 
have placed, within the lids of his great Book, the 
above commandment. We wonder why. A great 
many of God's people seem to feel that it is one of the 
greatest commandments in the entire Book,— this 
commandment of " Be ye successful." At least that 
has been the writer's experience, judging by the many 
people who are reluctant to undertake some difficult 
task in the Sunday-school worid, for fear that they will 
make a failure of it. God has never said, " Be ye suc- 
cessful." He has said, " Be strong," " Be ye faithful, 
" Be of good cheer," and in the end he has promised us 
success. . 

What would have become of the world, so far, if no 
one. had encountered failures? The worid's history is 
written in failures. Why should we dread fatoe, 
knowing, as we do, that the greatest successes of Bible 



Holey— Wholly— Holy 

BY ADALINE HOHF BEERY 
" All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags." 

That isn't poetry. It is the baldest, most saw- 
toothed prose imaginable. 

When we put our hand to the front door-knob, hav- 
ing given a parting peep into the tall beveled mirror, 
we feel that we are ready for parade. We import the 
finest quality of " Pears' " or " Colgate's," splash a 
generous quantity of violet toilet water into our bath, 
take plenty of time to use the complete ivory manicure 
set, and caress our abundant locks with an ebony hair 
brush. Even the bath-towel is embroidered, and 
washed in separate suds. Gloves and ties are kept in 
a scented burnt-wood box. The hemstitched blouse is 
laundered without a wrinkle, and the velvet skirt 
" hangs " perfectly. 

And our thoughts correspond. We have immaculate 
intentions and fumigated magnanimity. We smile at 
the market woman passing at the foot of the steps, pat 
little Jimmy on the head with a consoling remark be- 
cause he lost a marble down the sidewalk grating, wave 
our hand at the cobbler's wife across the street, sweet- 
ly assure the grocer's clerk that he needn't mind about 
the penny in change, and solicitously ask the colored 
janitor of a downtown block how his old rheumatic 
mother is. 

With saintly, upturned face we reguloriy occupy our 
church pew, and the well-turned elaborations of the 
minister on " brotherhood " and " helpfulness " " go 
down smoothly." For the pew is well cushioned, and 
■at just the right distance from tlie pulpit to catch its 
modulations to best effect. We even go to prayer meet- 
ing occasionally, if the weather is not so damp as to re- 



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quire overshoes. (They make one'§ feet look and' feel 
so clumsy!) 

\\ hen, after a long day spent ingoing iibout smiling 
at people, and keeping our tones even, at last we lie 
down in pink silk pajamas with a great sigh of content, 
we wrap tlie drapery of our sanitary brass bed about 
us— lace, and initials, and eiderdown— and dreamily 
close our eyes. If Jesus should come and sit beside us 
for a little conversation before we drop oil to sleep, 
and we should munnur, " It is so nice of you, Master, 
lo make everything so comfortable for us," what would 
He say? " Rags! " 

" Son, give me thine heart." Here it is, Lord. I 
love You and will do anything for You. " All right, 
then. Bring old Tom Black to churcli next Sunday." 
Oh, now. Lord, it don't suit me very well to go way 
ilown there. I have to teach in the Sunday-school, You 
know, and I believe in always being on time, and he'd 
probably be sleeping off his usual drunk, and he woidd 
not have clothes fit, and I don't believe he'd come any- 
how. 

" Well, then, go and sit with Grandma Gray for an 
hour or two Sunday afternoon and read to her." Lord, 
I'd be glad to, but you know we have diimer late, and 
then I get drowsy and feel that I just must sleep, and 
.ifter that it gets dark early, and besides, my throat is 
in such a shape that I ought to save my voice all I can. 
" Then go Monday morning to sick Mrs. Ward, re- 
lieve the night watcher, get her some toast, fix up a 
wholesome breakfast for the children and get them 
ready for school." Why, Lord, how can I? That's 
my washday, and if I put it off everything will be dis- 
arranged through the week. " Order is heaven's first 
law," you know, and I always try to have things done 
■systematically. Every one admires the way I get my 
work done on the dot. IBesides, there's Mrs. Cole, who 
lives in tlie same block, she doesn't care so much about 
such things; I'm sure she'd go; she's always wiUing to 
help out. 

" Then you may go out to the Widow White's and 
pay her rent. She's had a lot of trouble and expense 
the last year, and she's afraid the landlord will set her 
ui tlie street, and it's getting very cold." Now, Lord 
isn't tliat asking a good deal? It keeps me busy to 
prevent my own bonk account from melting away, and 
you know the children ha; e been counting so long on 
getting that new automobile, and since Hazel is mar- 
ried I promised to help set up her husband in business 
and wife had lo have an electric washer because she 
isii t very strong, you know, and Bert is just ready for 
college, and that's an expensive proposition, and there's 
no telling when I may be laid off at the factory and a 
imle money laid up for a rainy day will come mighty 
handy. ^ 

" U'ell, then, child, what are you willing to do for 



our garden great dewy bouquets, and send them to th 
city where there are fevered heads and broken bones. 
And we are told they are a beautiful distraction from 
the pains! 

When the doctor insists that poor Mrs. Drew must 
go to the hospital to save her life, we take her dirty, 
neglected baby into our own home, give it the best bath 
of its life, comb its scabby little head, fill its stomach 
with warm, creamy milk, and lay it in a clean white 
crib. As we watch the blue-veined lids droop, we hear 

a whisper from somewhere, " Inasmuch " 

With a thrill we are off to find little Grace Tiffin, of 
whom we have just heard. She is partially paralyzed, 
and may never be able to go to school, but she is " so 
hungry for knowledge." We engage to come down 
three times a week, giving her elementary lessons in 
spelling, grammar, and arithmetic. (My ! that will be a 
splendid brushing up for us, too, in more ways than 
jme. ■\\'e are glad Jesus likes the things we can do.) 



O, such an experience! It is more marvelous than 
(lie touch of Midas. A wonderful Influence has over- 
shadowed us, entered by the rusty hinges of our hearts 
^ind permeating us to the very capillaries, has trans- 
muted us into new creatures ! We eagerly pick up our 
reference Bible, of wdiich the divinity circuit is scarcely 
scutted, and begin to search for the red words scattered 
all through, which put together spell " s-a-1-v-a-t-i-o-n " 
Alter reading absorbingly a while, and finding 
" How gentle his commands! 
How kind his precepts are!" 
we turn the Book over, and lo ! it is bound in sole leath- 
er. \Ve take the hint, and at once don our mackin- 
tosh (for Its raining and pitch-dark), and with a loaf 
of brown bread and a quart bottle of milk pick our 
way through the puddles to the edge of town and enter 
a tiny unpainted house. The baby died last week, an.l 
he wornout mother has hardly strength to get meals 
lor the hungry twins, wlio ought to be in school, but 
have not proper clothes. We sit for half an hour ra- 
d.atmg cheer from the Source inside of us As we 
eave, we have our pay in the genuine smile framed in 
ine dim doonvay. 

One whole week in December we walk to work and 

r'rT ."' ''™ "■' P"' '"'° => Christmas basket 
for the httle bootblack with a morning face 
A docen times through the summer we pluck from 



O Rabbi, are these the " weightier matters " You 
have worked so hard to drum into our heads? Why, 
it's lovely to be running errands for You ! We don't 
mind getting our feet wet, and our skirts torn, and our 
hands dirty, and skipping a meal, and kneeling on a 
frozen street corner to help a Jericho victim, and pay- 
ing for a half ton of coal for one-armed Patsy Moran ! 
We never knew before what " brother " meant. We 
see now that Your religion is not didactic, but dramat- 
ic. We do not pout now when You ask us to go along 
with You, and let You say the words, and to put our 
treasures— our apple bins, our Jersey flocks, oui; gro- 
cery stores, our wheat stacks, our shoe benches, our gas 
ranges, our automobiles, our greenbacks— into Your 
pocket ! 

" Holy " is not " holey," but wholly. 

Elgin, Illinois. ^ 

The Arrival at Bombay and the Trip to Our 
Mission Stations 

BY KATHRYN ZIEGLEE 
Last, but not least. While our voyage has been all that 
we could have hoped it to be, the l,est was to come when 
our ship would cast anchor in Bomhay harbor. The few 
days we were in Colombo, we felt we were very near our 
destination and the hours were counted rather than the 
days, when we would reach the end of our voyage see 
the land of our choice, and greet those who were awaiting 
.our coming. Oh, the joy, the unspeakable joy! It is 
only to be known to those who have had similar experi 
dices. At every port at which onr boat stopped, some 
reached their destination, and friends came to greet them 
We would rejoice with them and, at the same time, long 
lor the '■■"= wheii our anticipated joys would he realized. 
Nov. 20, about five o'clock, we were awakened,_„ot be- 
cause of the noise, but because all was so quiet. The 
machmery of the boat was standing still. VVe looked 
out of the port hole and saw the lights along the shore. 
The mornuig dawn seemed to come so slowly. Th. 
hrcakfast hour came very slowly, though the meal „a 
ready an hour and a half earlier than on other morn 
ings. Our little party were out, looking for some on. 
whom we might know, and it was not long until we saw • 
small boat. In it were M. C. Lapp, of the Mennoniti 
Mission, and P. J. Penner, of the Russian Mennonite Mis 
sion --the former to meet Dr. Cooprider, and the latter tc 
meet h.s fifteen-year-old daughter, whom he had not seer 
for eight years. 
It was not long until we saw another small boat. .A,, 

missionaries. It was Bro. Lichly and Sister Shumaker 
We had a httle v sit, and then came the call to breakfast. 
We rted to eat, but were soon ready to go ashore. Wc 
Had to show our passports and permits. This took some 
time, as not only those who had reached the end of their 
rip. but all who wanted to go ashore for a little whil 
had to pass before the officials 
-«ter some time w. .„„,„ ^Ijy, ,„j „„: ^,_,^ ^ ,^^_^_^,^ 



excused from close inspection of your baggage and we 
were indeed grateful to the custom officials for passing 
us without opening our baggage. 

The rest of the day was spent in shopping and reading 
some letters of welcome by some of our mission family 
■The morning of the twenty-first we left Bombay on a 
slow train, third-class. We took the slow train so that 
we might all be together as long as we could. Bro 
Lichty stayed to attend to some business. The rest of 
our party, with Bro. Arnold and Sisters Shumaker and 
Nickey, went on. 

About twelve o'clock we arrived at Dahanu, the tempo- 
rary home of Brother and Sister Garner and Sister Swartz 
Sisters Lichty and Eby, with the native Christians were 
at the station to welcome the new workers. They had 
some flowers to present, as tokens of welcome and ap- 
preciation. We left the train for a little while, exchanged 
a few words, and oflf we were for two hours more, when 
wc arrived at Bulsar, where Sister Mohler is located 
There were all the missionaries and Bro. Long, who met 
us with a number of the Christians and school-girls, who 
sang a song of welcome. Especially to one who has been 
here before, it was cheering to see the missionaries and 
the many familiar faces among the Christians. 

After receiving some flowers from the Christian-s, and 
a jug of tea from Sister Blough, three of us were off for 
Jalalpor, the present home of Bro. Hoffert. The wire 
sent to Bro. Emmert's failed to reach them in time to 
meet Bro. Hoffert, so we entrusted him to the hands of 
the Christian bookseller, to take him to the bungalow 
About SIX P. M. Bro. Arnold and I reached Ankles- 
var,— " Home, sweet home." I was once more to step off 
the tram and to be, at home. Bro. Stover, Sisters Wid- 
dowson and Arnold, Barbara Arnold, Helen and Daniel 
Stover, and some of our Christian people had come to 
meet us. As we came near the bungalow, we saw the 
lights and, coming a little closer, there were the board- 
ing school boys lined up with their India greetings. On 
the veranda were the widows and Sister Stover with 
smiles of welcome. The little brown faces with their 
sparkling eyes had come too, to say " Salaam." Some 
knew me and others had forgotten. 

Soon we were in our meeting-room, where Bro. Stover 
has been conducting services each evening for a few weeks 
prior to our love feast, to be held this week. In this 
little service a number of our Christians engaged in 
prayer, praising the Lord and thanking him for our safe 
voyage to this field of service. 

I can not tell about the reception of our new people 
but by what I saw at the station, I am sure they received 
a warm welcome and their close friends will be sure to 
hear- more about it through letters. 

One item more I want to write about in brief: You 
noticed we traveled third-class from Bombay to our mis- 
sion stations. Accommodations are very ordinary, but one 
comfort we had, of which we were deprived all the way 
on our long voyage. We did not have to inhale the 
filthy tobacco smoke, puffed out by men who sometimes 
forget to be gentlemen. On the train, if the heathen 
man smoked, we looked at him, and with a few signs 
of the hand the cigarette would go out of the window 
Yes, poor, ignorant, heathen men have more respect for 
ladies than the white man with all the culture and train- 
ing he claims to have. 

Even though it is now more than a week, since we ar- 
rived in India, we daily praise the Lord for his pro- 
tecting care, his presence with us all the way, and for the 
prayers of God's faithful ones.on both sides of the waters. 
Praise be to him who doeth all things well! 
Anklesvar, Broach District, India. 



, but : 



• of, 



Br, 



Lichty and Sister Shun 

hllT,"' ''"V'.^? ""^ ''"""' '° ^'"'""ff.'lhey'had'to 
have a permit They received it too, hy and by, but not in 
time to go with us. They came on the next launch. Just as 
we came around the large boat, we saw some more familiar 
wi!' °."u* ""'" ''°'"' " ""* ^'■°- Arnold and Dr. Nickey 
When they saw us on the launch, they turned and followed 
US to the docks. 

,nrt "•' ■"l^^?^" ZT ""' '"'° ""= '^'"■'^ Of Cook's man 
ready to leave for a hotel. We were most pleasantly 
urprised when we heard that we did not need to ope,? om 
l.aggage for custom inspection. After two mont^is and 
more of almost continuous travclinir v„„ J '"°, ^"'' 

iiuuus ira\ Cling, 5 ou are glad to be 



From Jalalpor, India 

BY A. T. HOFFERT 

Bro., J. B. Emmert went by ox-cart to visit several 
schools today, in the villages. As editor of the Gujerati ■ 
Sunday-school Quarterly, he must spend much lime at 
his desk, and so he does not often get out into the vil- 
lages. 

My welcome at Jalalpor was thoroughgoing and has 
made me feel like a contented Indian ever since, even 
though no one was at the station to meet me on the 
day of my arrival, Nov. 21. This was not Bro. Emmert's 
fault, however, as the telegram, notifying him of my com- 
ing a day sooner than expected, failed to reach him before 
my arrival. It was through the kindness of the mission 
bookseller that I was conducted to the mission home 
My joy, at thus being able to surprise the Emmert family, 
was only marred by their regret that no one was there 

In the evening it was my turn to be surprised. The 
native Christians came to their part of welcoming 
the new missionary. My language teacher, Mr. Deshmukh 
was also present. He was among several who spoke dur- 
ing the service that followed, commending very highly 
the work of Bro. D. L Forney, in saving one hundrefand 
fifty of the orphans from starvation during the time of 
famine, and of Brethren Long and Emmert, who have 
contmued in the work at this place. He not only extended 
to me a warm welcome but also expressed the hope that 
many more men would come from America, to help his 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 20, 1917 



people. 



He 



high-class Hindu, but would probably 
be a Christian, were it not for the persecution that would 
be thrust upon him by such a step. He has taught ten 
or twelve of our missionaries during the past years. May 
he, and all others, who arc not living up to their better 
light, because of being bound by Satan, have the prayers 
of Christian people I He acted as interpreter to the re- 
sponse that I was asked to give. Because of timidity, the 
Enimcrl children, Lloyd, Anna and,Mary, waited until the 
next evening to sing their glad song of welcome to 
■■ Uncle." 

The Sunday services were of interest, even though I 
was not able to understand. It was my first experience of 
sitting on the floor in church. In the afternoon, at the 
Christian Worker hour, the writer was asked to speak 
through an interpreter, telling of his trip to India. 

Nov. 30. __^_^ 

The Southern Ohio Sunday-school Institute 

BY LEVI MINNICH 

The Fifteenth Annual Sunday-school Institute of 
Southern Ohio was held at Pleasant Hill. Dec. 26 to 29. 
Weather conditions were favorable. The roads were 
good, thus permitting a general use of the automobile 
for the many who do not live adjacent to interurban 
or railroad lines. The accommodation afforded by the 
enlarged and modern chiirch building was ideal. 

The program was one of the best we ever had. Bro. 
.lacob Coppock was Moderator. Bro. H. K. Ober, of 
Elizabethtown College^. Pa., Chairman of our General Sun- 
day School Board, gave ten very instructive addresses, 
covering many phases of Sunday-school work. Oppor- 
tunity, associated with responsibility, was one of his key 
words. He caused teachers and parents to realize in 'a 
forcible manner their opportunity and responsibility in 
knowing and teaching children. 

Bro. Ezra Flory, of Bethany Bible School, also a 
member of the General Sunday School Board, and a 
specialist in Sunday-school Pedagogy, gave a ijrcvicw of 
our Sunday-school lessons for 1917,— one address each 
day. He also gave five addresses along the line of Sun- 
day-school pedagogy, dwelling largely upon child study. 
He gave riiuch valuable information from charts and 
maps. His address on "Periods of Development" and 
Bro. Ober's address on " Child Rights." were master- 
pieces and gave a new vision of the unfolding life of 
children. 

Sister Stahly, of North Manchester College. Ind., led 
the song service. It had been the opinion of the writer 
that no one can teach successfully the fundamentals of 
music to a large mixed audience, ranging in age from 
childhood to advanced years, but after Sister Stahly had 
given us eight periods along this line, followed by song 
practice, he changed his mind. She also gave soiuc spe- 
cial drills in a separate room, while the program was going 
on in the main audience room. As usual, all in attendance 
were, invited to register their names. While .some did 
not, yet we find in the record 370 names, including thirty 
superintendents, thirty-nine teachers of advanced classes. 



Notes From Our Correspondents 



CALIFORNIA 



Hoot, of l."h 
linptlzed ami 



netlioneil. We Iind a very good nttendnnco. 
i bnve enjoyed tlie 'sessions. Tro. Dieltey Is 
Ola Hylton Bowers. R. A., Lindsay, Cul., ,Tuii. 

iv-scliool rendered n splendid Cliristinns pro- 
" llowUiK Sunday 

ne Is a I)rnni- 
Islnp young ncui. Intely from Bothnny Bible Sclioo 
of the old yeor wns a red letter dny. Eld. ,T. Z. G 
two Boul-stlrrlng sermons. In the 
rendered nn excellent New Yenr 
s, touching talks ' 
!n'3 Meeting, after 
ocini season, durlnj 
)asenient. Then followed a eo: 
,vere offered ns the eiocl, wn 
the old year, and Indicated 
this the Doxoiog 
ippreciatlon.— B. 
Benell, Cal., Jan. 5. 

I,ord8burg.— Yesterday morning at the close of the service 

two of our Sunday-school girls Stood \\\i for Jesus. They wci 

liaptized yesterday afternoon by our eider. Bro. W. F. Plnglnui 

— Oruce n. miller, Lordsburg, Cal., Jnn. 8. 

Riverside Chinese Mission.— We enjoyed a real Christmas lier 



A full basket dir 



children of LordsbnrB. 
night school, ranging 



nty-s 



ary 



The 



There was a splendid representation of mi 
members of the Pleasant Hill congregation arc a big- 
hearted people. This is the third .time they entertained 
our Sunday-school Institute. Those previous to this were 
in 1904 and 1910. As heretofore, the members arc to be 
commended for the hospitable manner in which they cared 
for their many guests. On the first morning of this gath- 
ering Bro. Isaac Frantz, for many years a resident of 
Pleasant Hill, gave an address of welcome. Throughout 
tlie Institute he. with his newly-wedded wife, shared the 
work of looking after details, and in making every one 
feel at home. 

Among the many visitors at the Institute were Dr T. 
W. Shannon, who gave a brief address on some of the 
vital problems of life, and Dr. John S. Flory. President 
of Bridgewater College. The latter, with Bro. I, B. Trout 
and Bro. A. C. Wieand, assisted ns in Institute work in 
1908 and 1909. He also gave a brief address. But this 
was not all. In somewhat regular attendance was a prom- 
inent minister from Huntingdon. Pa., absorbing the good 
things given. It was Bro. J. H. Cassady. who was in the 
midst of a revival effort at Pleasant Hill. He preached 
each evening at 7:30. The greater part of those attend- 
ing the Institute remained for his sermon. On account 
of delay in the completion of the church building, thee 
meetings came together. It was a question whether both 
could be held at the same time, hut the venture was mad.- 
and seemingly they blended fairly well. However, as we 
study the results, we conclude there was a little advantage 
in favor of the Institute, with some disadvantage to the" 
revival effort. 

Among those unable to attend the Institute, on account 
of physical disability, was Bro. Jesse Stutsman, one of lli. 
oldest ciders of our Brotherhood. It was suggested he !„■ 
remeipbcred by a postcard shower. There was a splendid 
response. We learn the results were very gratifying. 

It was decided to make our Institute, hereafter, a dele- 
gate body, and to have, in connection with the Institute, 
an exhibit to further the interests of Sunday-school. Mis- 
sionary and Temperance work. 

Greenville, Ohio, Jan. 5. 



ornble wenther. lil.l 


milllll'i c-oiil.l lint li>' 


Gulp wns moderntor 




for one yGiir. Two 




Bro. Willlnm Gulp i 




On Sunday, Dec. 17 




Morris Colloge. Tiie 


Siinday-school cive >■ 


The Christniua offer 




World-ivlde Missions 




adn, Dec. 30. 






COLORADO 


Antlacli cliiircii met 


in connfil Pec. 30 fini- 


presiding. One iettp 




for tlie coming year, 




S. Hylton retained as 


elder, and Bro. \\ . r.< 



Colo.— Rntli B. 



Inns.c— Mrs. Minervi 



cil. Bro. David 



H UK cliipsen jib onr presiding elder for 1017, nnd Bro. Benj. Stn 


'we 


d.'tide.l (o hold our regular councils on tlie first Siitiirday o 


111'.' 


f,uart*>r, instead of the last, as heretofore. 0\ir coinniiH 




still trviiic to secure a piistor for this place. We have a ver 




teresting Sunday-school. Bro. W. O. Beckner. of MoPlie 




Knns.. wns liere a fen- weelis ago. in the interest of the colte 




that place. Two of our young people are attending scliool 




this winter.— Blanche Frantz, Rocky Ford. Colo., Jan. i. 




FLORIDA 




/lull .■liiinii nift )[) .(luiifi) Till fi nt tli.> U e of Brotlicr 


nnd 


Sjsl.=r Isiiai' f'ri[u\ with Kid. .T. V. FelllioM.-..- ,'is moderntor. 


One 


rnVnre''h'ut "il'"vet'"it^ha/not 'lieen deciV't wl.ere o/when'?t 


IvlVi 


be held Wiiiie with us, Bro. Felthouse preached three 




inspiring scrmons.-Cora V. Cripe, Herndon. Fin., Jan. 0. 




IDAHO ' 








Harp, in charge. Bro. J. S. Lehman was elected Snnday-.5C 


lOOl 






Workers. We held services on Thanksgiving Day, at which a 




lection of $7.30 was taken for general missionary purposes. 


Wt 



I 10 to n o'clock 



Folu churi 
elder, Bro. .] 
represented. 



Arcndln. — We held i 



INDIANA 

council Jnn. 6. Bro. Elins Snicltzer ^ 
? yeur. Brethren Ellas Smeltnor, G. 



cold weather wns against us 

\ made willing to accept Ch 

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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— Jaunary 20, 1917 



THE ROUND TABLE 



" The Careless Shepherd," — A Parable 

BY MORRIS WEISEL 

Once there was a ver)' wealthy shepherd who 
bought sheep by the hundred. He did this regardless 
of the amount of slielter and food he had on hand. 
The sheep tried to get what they could, and from time 
to time some would wander away because they were 
in danger of starvation. 

The shepherd paid no attention to the lost; cheep, but, 
instead, would buy more. This continued until he was 
boycotted by the producers. Because so many suf- 
fered and died for want of proper nourishment, the 
shepherd was not worthy of buying more, even though 
he had the means to do so. 

This shepherd is likened unto the congregation 
which employs a good evangelist every year. Many 
souls are saved for Christ. It is a wealthy laity that 



this teaching were lived up to, war would be unheard The dentist's words started me to thinking. We are 
of. There would be no demand for divorces. And no told on every hand that we are in a day of specialists, 
difficulties would arise between members, for our If you want to succeed, you must master some one 



ouncil meetings to act upon. 
Picrccton, Ittd. 



Doers 

BY KATIE FLORY 

It is not the knowledge, nowadays, that we need so 
much in making life a success spiritually, for we all 
know a great deal more than we put to practice. And 
it is much easier to tell how we ought to live than to 
live as we should. 

The doer of the Word is beautifully described in the 
Blessed Word. It should inspire us to be like the man 
who built his house upon a solid rock, and when the 
winds and storms of life come upon us, we shall not 
fall. 
We liave heard it said that men get religion, but re- 



doers. " He that looketh into the perfect law, the law °" '''^,7'' *° "^"^ry' 



ligion really is doi}ig. James says : " Pure religion and 
can have the beet of evangelists in their midst eveiy undefiled before God and the Father is this. To visit 
y^^""- the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to 

So much is well and good. But what about these keep himself unspotted from the worid." If this were 
many souls who have been taken in? Their names are heeded by all good people, it would certainly make 
on the church roll and they are looked after when it is 
time to pay up the usual church dues. But because of 
a lack of encouragement and spiritual teaching, some 
have wandered away. 

If as much effort as is expended for building up a 
big membership, were used in helping these babes 
Christ, the church 
leaders to do her wi 
wealth, take heed lest ye fall." 

Middle Braiuh, Oh. 



thing. We are told that an educated man is one who 
knows something of everything and everything of 
something. This is a combination that is somewhat 
rare. It may be a pretty good ideal to hang on the 
wall. After all, is not the man who knows a little of 
everything as useful an individual as the man who 
knows everything of something? 

When I was a boy it seemed to me that " Jack-of-all- 
trades " was rather a complimentary title. Today that 
sort of a "Jack " is regarded as fit only for the scrap- 
heap. We have been told so much about the necessity 
of specialists, that we cannot find so much as standing 
room for " Jack." 

But there are many families that can afford but one 
servant, and yet one is needed. A woman is needed 
who can wash and bake and sew and tend the baby and 
•make a poultice. A baking specialist would be worse 
than no one in the house. The nervous, worn-down 
wife would be worried and taxed and troubled more 
than ever. But a well-rounded-out housekeeper would 
lift the responsibilities, give the wife a rest, and set her 



f liberty, and so continueth, being not a hearer tliat 
forgetteth but a doer that workcth, this man shall be 
blessed in his doing." 

h certain woman once said, that to be the mother of 
Jesus was surely a blessed privilege. But Jesus as- 
Id have many more Christian sured her and us, by saying, " Yea rather, blessed are 
congregations of material they that hear the word of God, and keep it." At an- 
other time he said. " For whosoever shall do the will of 
my Father who is in heaven, he is ray brother, and sis- 
ter, and mother." Who would not want to be so close 



Forgiveness and Forbearance 

BY VIOLA PRISER 

Forgiveness and forbearance are two of the prin- 
ciples involved in living the Christian or Christ-life. 

In Luke 17: 1 the Savior tells the disciples that " it 
is impossible but that offences will come." The na- 
tions find this to be true. In homes, in neighborhoods, 
and even in churdies, or in congregations, " offences 
will come." But the fact that they must come does not 
excuse nations for engaging in war, — or may I call it 
murder? That fact does not need to burst asunder 
the tie of friendship or the tie that unites companions 
for life, and so destroy homes, and the happiness of 
children. And, lastly, it does not need to cause divi- 
sions or discord in the church. Why? The Savior has 
given a remedy, — " Forgive ! " 

He has not said we may or can forgive, but he has 
commanded it, and we are not to forgive once only, but 
an unlimited number of times. 

Probably you remember the conversation Peter liad 
with the Savior on the subject. We are'told about it 
in Matt. 18: 21 and 22. Peter asks the Savior, " How 
oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him ? 
till seven times? " The answer was, " I say not unto 
thee. Until seven times: but. Until seventy- times 



To the farmer, "Jack" is equally valuable. Not 
only is a man wanted who can shovel feed into the 
trough, who can milk the cows, who can currj' the hors- 
es, and who can follow the plough, but one who can 
chop the feed, fix the reaper, make a fence, and lay a 
concrete walk. Such a man is valuable to any farmer, 
and especially to tlie one who can hire only one hand. 

While the Scriptures speak of the body of Christ as 
having many members, each having its own office, em- 
phasizing specialization ; yet it also tells us to be ready 



ly related to Jesus as that? We love to claim our good ""J" ""l ^°°^ ™°""''- ^""^ '™ ="'^*° ™^.^' earnestly 



id respectable relatives ; why not be doers of the 
Word and so attain to this blessed relationship to 
Jesus? He then becomes as near to us as a brother, 
sister or mother. 

Jesus said, " My meat is to do the will of him that 
sent me." It was his joy and delight, it was his high- 
est aim and desire in life to do all his Father's will, 
thus being well-pleasing unto him. He lived in perfect 
harmony with the Father. Jesus went about doing 
good, not only talking, commanding and directing, but 
relieving and helping humanity of their woes. 

Good children are always happy after doing the wish- 
es of their parents. God's children are happy when 
they know God's will and do it, not when they know 
and do not do. "If ye know these things happy are 
ye it ye do them." " He that knoweth to do good and 
doeth it not to him it is sii 



not only the best gift, but the best gifts. Tonce heard 
an elder speak of a preacher, " You can not hitch him 
amiss,"— meaning he could use him anywhere. He 
looked upon him as the most valuable of his ministers. 

There is Sister Jones. How could the church' get 
along without her? She teaches almost any Sunday- 
school class,— the Bible class or the infant class. She 
leads the prayer meeting. She is the leading needle in 
the Sisters' Aid. If a solicitor is needed, you can de- 
pend on her to get the funds. In the sick-room she is 
an angel of blessing. In settling quarrels she has often 
gained the title of " peacemaker,"'— a child of God. 

Now, there is Elder Smith. He has not learned to 
call his sheep by name and they do not follow him. He 
is a power in the pulpit, but there his power stops. He 
is no organizer, and his sociability is nil. The Apostle 
Paul could do all kinds of church work and under all 



city." Happy is the doer, 
Union, Ohio. 



Blessed are they that ■ • j r • . t^ , 

do his commandments, that they may have right to the • '^"■<^"'"='3"«'- He became all things to all 

tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the' "T' ' ^^/"^ f f "'' ''^ ™'8:ht win some. We may 
■'■■"' . - - truly say of Paul, however, that he was a specialist in 

many lines, and a master in comparative study. "Jack" 
is not a comparative philologist, but a common individ- 
ual who can converse in all the languages represented 
in the community. 

When we say that Mr. So-and-So is a " Jack-of-all- 
trades," let us not add the deprecating phrase, " and 
master of none." That appendage has had much to do 
with bringing " Jack " into disfavor, and has helped the 
specialist to displace him. "Jack" is a creature of 
has his place, and when in his place is a great 



A Word for Jack 

BY J. G. FRANCIS 



Chauffeur, the ^^1^:^^;^:^^, "^o^™ "lessing. May the Lord's blessing rest on Jack ! 



My dentist is a very entertaining man. While at 
Do you say it is hard to do,— to forgive? I know it ^^°'''' °" ""V *««th, he ejaculated, and went on without 
is hard sometimes, especially when the offences are re- interruption : 

peated. And we are tempted sometimes to give the kind " ^'y friend is certainly in luck. His cook left him 
of forgiveness that D. L. Moody spoke about and He took up new quarters. Having occasion to stop TT"^ 
called " hedge-hog forgiveness." With the forgiveness several times at a place where the landlord had a negro 

we hke to send the quills of criticism. We should be "'""'' 

very careful. Remember that we are to pray, " For- 
give us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass 
against us." 

Surely we want our Heavenly Father to be more 
lenient with us! Herein, then, lies a tremendous task. 
And wc may need to visit the Garden of Gethsemane 
and prepare ourselves by engaging in earnest prayer 
to crucify our own wills, before we will be able to ac- 
complish it. 



day the negro said : 

" ' I am tired of my place. How would you like to 
give me a job? And my wife could cook for you.' 
" ' O, I could not afford a chauffeur ! What would 
- you want a week? ' 

Well, I should have $10; and my wife $8.' 
Nothing doing.' 
"Next time my friend called, the negro agaii 



compiisn It. hrnarhn,! *!,• ,. 1,' » < «T -r ,,. -o— •• i.iau manner oi workmanship." J 

Are we real Christians? Here is a test. Shall we be 'ha^rte" ^.^ if yo: -iret loy^^tr:" uT ^-^"'^^ ^ ^ -g—nd broi^derer. 

able to stand this test? . Our lives will prove this. The we will come for $10 a week,-my wfte $5 and I $ " "T . -m- * ' .""■! ''"t"' "'' ""^P"' 

record that is being kept by the Great Judge, will prove " ' All right, you may come.' ^ '" ', '"'<'\"S o the tabernacle. 



Lebanon, Pa. 

Bezalel and Efficiency 

BY S. Z. SHARP 

Bezalel, mentioned in Ex. 31 : 1-6, was the most ef- 
ficient workman mentioned in the Bible. He could 
" work in gold and in silver and in brass, and in cutting 
of stones for setting, and in carving of wood, to work 
in all manner of workmanship." Besides, he was 
He could also 
and scarlet used 



And if we forgive freely, as we want our Heavenly 
Father to forgive us, then it is easy to live up to the 
second principle,— that of forbearance, which is also 
very impcmant, as we are taught in Matt, 5 : 38, 39. If 



„ , , ,, " . ^, It IS wonderful that 

And that woman is handy all over the house and an trades, and efficiently 



It is wonderful that he was able to work 



in so many 



all right cook. And the negro, 
repairs and all. He is a gardi 
everything around the place in go 
is certainly in luck." 



,,,,,. . - all of them. It is surprising 

. looks after the car, that, in that eariy age, he could cut those hard stones 
ler too. He keeps including the diamond, used for settings in the breast- - 
d shape. My friend plate of the high priest. It is the more surprising be- 
cause he was out in the wilderness and away from all 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— Jaunary 20, 1917 



etslit nieettnirs 



. $100.00. 

and four child 



workshops. Because of his efficiency Bezalel was »»^f' 

made chief architect in the construction of that won- Grey 

derful building, the tabernacle of Jehovah. ^^, 

God, as well as man, has always had use for men of Pre> 

efficiency in their calling. When the Panama Canal urer 

was to be built, and the engineers appointed to do ^°'^j 

the work were found wanting, then the Government j'^s^ 

looked around for an efficient workman and found 5134. 

Major General George W. Goethals, who built the ca- tJ ^' 

nal in less time than was calculated for the work. '■' i"" Tritic. Flora, iml., 

In every department of human activity efficient men incs \vitii nii ^n-.m^-.-' ^,11, 

and women are wanted. There is always room at the oT'tii^iy^'lnmimit ' w,' 'ih.ii'u 

top. The Government has thousands of positions, "■"['"p'i ,'1, ^si'o''' i^|.r~(iM'.'' ' 

with good salaries, waiting for efficient hands, and so T.nnvor. ?io; (.niinr.i' ii.,- 

have all kinds of business men and manufacturers. The o'ri'.i'Ku'iV '[i!i[iio nt \ii.' m 

church needs thousands of efficient ministers, Sunday- vSr''\i!r Sra^lv'miX'iwcI 

school workers, and laborers of every kiqd. We write npronu, eieiit sun-bonnet! 

. , nients, besides sewing cat 

in the hope of inspiring our young people to strive for for the new year are as fo 

efficiency. sistant Suiierlnteudeiit; tlie 

Fruita, Colo. "'""• rrnntiiu '■•'•'^•^; '" 

. Soeletv for isiin : We held 

Nagging ance of IS-I. averaiie Iw.lv 

BY GRACE R. SELL for work two days. S3.ir,; 
had S2.'i.04 in treasury froi 

Visiting about, as I do, every year, more .or less, in benevolent purposes, 550.00 

the discharge of my duties as a Sunday-school worker, sowirg"tbreo°d«'s°t"r d'iii 

and to find poor and needy to recommend to charitably- ^om'son'gs"" for*^ t'lirsm'!' 

inclined persons or to a society, I can not help being "»''. ^a^'S^^ '"»■""'» s'^ 

struck by certain faults of manner and, I might also another ta.niiy! one comfo 

say, breeding, which are common among the nicest tbe^cMmr iinpuis' ml^l 

people, who would be the first to detect and criticise °"'Vo7i'ow™"'prMidmt°'EM 

such solecisms in others. ler; seeretary. the writer; 

„ . , ', , , , man, Eailan, lllcn., Jan. 

One habit is talking with each other, to make con- t.ewistown, pa.— Th. 

versation at the table, instead of to the guest. This is «t the President Mrs- c;n: 

, . , .^ ... reports. The Circle held 

very common, although one would not think it possible, day meetings. Number i 

and the people who do it would be greatly astonished if °"„S\ai' ° 
they thought it referred to them. It is generally done 
with the idea of amusing the visitor, no doubt, but it 
is always annoying. 

Another habit, and this is much worse, is fault-find- 
ing on the part of the mistress or master of the house. 
People should make it a rule never to blame a child or 
a servant, or criticise each other's actions before a 
guest. A third person is always made uncomfortable 
by it, and feels almost as if he himself were included in 
the reprimand. 

But what is called nagging between husband and 
wife is the worst of all. I know a couple who are 
otherwise perfectly charming and who are really fond 
of each other, but who are so continually squabbling or 
wrangling, that I have stopped going there for no other 
reason. I simply can not stand it, — it is too depressing. 

Let us all examine our private lives, and see if we 
are " naggers." If we are, let us quit today. Start the 
New Year right ! 

HoUidaysburg, Pa.. ■ fort to tne oui Folks' noi 



I Society for 1016: We held I 
rage attendance of twelve. 
1 general sewing. We sent i 



: clothing, valued 



hand of $42.8 
Idren. W< 
d dinner i 



Jan. 


1, 1010. SS.95: article 


s so 


1, s;ift-j,72: 


dncs. 


!;i2.00 


Amount paid out, |132.2 




lance, f21 


























Mcc-I 




Aura 


nd; Secretary. Etlio 




we; Plrst 


AbhIb 


unt S 


Lizzie DIppery; Second 




stunt Sfci 






m'nl 


urer, Maude Rudy. 
tters of the church 


■ho" 


an only jn 


S!"in 


'tlie 


Utixy 


Bloom, Secretary, 
tA, OHIO.— Our Ai 


r'so 


mown. Pa. 


J.in. 


is ro 


(! b\ 


electing Sister Am: 


:ida 


Thayer. P 


estrtci 






t; Sister Lucy A 














f»np< 










adjoinlnp; us, donated 


'lotiiing, 










list 






ithlnE 


fami 


ies. Our Aid has n 












of making prayer v 


eils 


nd bonnet 


•f. An 


ount 



rgnnlKod pec. 
er Early, Kec. 
Soeiety mot 



hurch, in 

130 South Scott Street, 1,1 
Aid Society held tliirteon 



I St. Joseph, Mo. 
so donated some p 

, with a balance < 



SISTERS' AID SOCIETIES 



comforters, (juiltin 

year was UOAQ. W 
help clothe 
I help in 



Quinter Memoi 



Pepple. During the ; 
ing for members of 



ildir 



$0.65, leaving 
,ey in bank : 
the treasury 
following of 
Vice-President, Sister 

Grlfflthi 



balance of ?3.&1 In the 



elected: Presli 

lanclie Ilenschi 

Byerly; Supi 



Blanche Henschen, Secretary and a?ri 

UAGIiE CREEK, OHIO.— Following i 
ciety from 



Dec. 31, 1015, 



We made ninety 



y Dilllng 
■.-(Mrs.) 
Magley, 



Total number of 
uumber of comfort- 



forts, served 1 

S3 to Bro. Dl: . , 

Fund, 55 to China Mission School i 



> China Mission 



3 amounted to $221.46. Expenses for e 



first of the 
1017 are as 
Llda Freed, 



1017 are as follows: Sister Amanda Anglemyer, P 
reed, Vice-President; Sister Tillle Bosser 
and Treasurer.— Mrs. Tillie Bosserman, Wllliamstf 
8. 



J80.138; for ealea, f43.40; average collection, »7.33; ti 
tiona, J88.04. Amount received, $141.39; amount paid c 
balaace in treRsyry, $13. Offlcers for the comine year v 



ond-liand garments, valued at ?n 

to ?10.33, received ?4.50 for articlt 

sale dinner. J2n.,')8. We gave as 

the year were ?2e.21; balance on hand, J25.28.— Mrs. Le 

R. D. 3, North Manchester, Ind., Jan. 4. 

ROSSVILLE, IND.— The following is the report of 
Aid Society from .Feb. 3, 1916. to Jan. 4, 1017: Numl: 
ing^3 held, nineteen; average attendan' 
ments finished, fifty-l 
nations to Aid Society: Fourteen and 
cut blocks enough for one quilt, one coi 
fort-tops, one spool of thread, and qnllt 



President- Hnnna Motzger. Superintendent; Susan 
Anna Gochenoiir. Assistants; Emma nufford. Sec 
Gochenour, Assistant: Vernn Metzger. Treasurer; C 
and Bose Harper. Devotional Committee.— Sister 
Rossville, Ind., Jan. 5. 
SOOTTVILLE. IWCH.— FoUowlBj Is the report o 



natcher, Sec- 



ty for imn; By the divis 
: plitR.' Number of helrT^ 



attenriancp, eieltt. Rpci-IvpiI for wm 
dues, ?tl: for donation, ?'11.20, m 
have eleven active membpra. nnd r 
sent n box of clothinir nnd m^rr 
rhuvrli. which was valued nl s:o .' 
dishes for Grand UttpM^ Mi ■ i-t, , 

Chester. We pledged' ?r,n |.., 



PRAYER MEETING 



ZJ 



Genuine Religion 

Matt. 7: 18-27 
For Week Beginning January 28, 1917 

1. What Is My Own Definition of Religion?— It might 
be well to go into this question quite thoroughly, to make 
sure that the vital issues of this important question arc 
fully understood. Religion is a challenge to the noblest 
in every man. Nothing so calls out the last pound of 
one's energies as the whole-souled determination to live 
a consistent Christian life (Gal. S: 22-25; Rom. 2: 13. 
John 3: 21| 13: 35; IS: 4, 5, 8, 12; Rom. 8: 4-6; 14: 17-19; 
2 Cor. 5: 17; 13: S). 

2. What Does Religion Mean to Me? — So important is 
the question of religion that life does not assume its real 
meaning until we have had a religious experience that is 
truly worth while. One. reason why so many are without 
this experience is found in the fact that they are not 
living on the level that the religious life demands. We may 
have ideas or beliefs concerning God, man, and the world 
we live in, but these, — necessary as they are,~do not 
make the man religious. Only when our ideas and be- 
liefs are so manifestly of the right sort that they at once 
lead to right conduct and action, can we be sure that 
genuine religion is ours (1 Thess. 5: 15-23; James 1: 27: 
2 Peter 1: S-9; 1 Cor. 9: 25-27). 

3. Our Religion Must Be Intensely Personal.— Religion 
at its best is the reaching out of the soul for more of 
God. It is the call of God to man to forsake the world 
spirit, and to keep himself unspotted from ihe world. It 
is to be guided and controlled, under all circumstances, 
by God's Spirit. In the effort to attain to this end, God 
is- man's constant and best Partner. In the pursuit of 
this end, man finds himself impelled, as it were, by the 
Spirit of God, to help others to share in a like experience. 
Ministering in all things to the good of others, becomes 
a positive pleasure (James 2: 14-17; Matt. 16: 24, 25; Gal. 
2: 20; S: 16; Titus 2: 12; I Peter 2: 11, 12l 3 John 11). 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 20, 1917 



Bro. J. Edson Ulcry, of Onekiraa, Mich., to begin tin 
'='■' "' January in the Brooklyn church. New York 



Calendar for Sunday, Jan. 21 
Sunday-school Lesson, Kirst Disciples of the Lord k- 
sus.— Tohn 1: 35-51. 
Christian Workers' Meeting,' Use What You Have - 

John 6: S-14. 

Gains for. the Kingdom 
Two were baptized Jan. 7. at Lincoln, Nclir. 
Two were baptized Jan. 7 at Lordsburg, Cal. 
One accepted Christ at Sidney, Ohio, Dec. 24. 
One was baptized Jan. 7. at I*untingdon, Pa. 
Two were baptized Jan. 9, at Grand Rapids, Midi. 
One was restored Jan. 6, in the Summit church, \'a. 
Five were baptized Jan. 7, in the Elk City church', Okla. 
Two were baptized at the Burnham church. Pa., Jan. 7. 
Two were baptized Jan. 7, in the Empire church, Cal 
One was reclaimed Dec. 24, in the Santa Fc church 



One was baptized recently in the South Keokuk church. 

One ^vas baptized since the last report from Sabetha, 
Kans. 

One was baptized Dec. 30, in the North Yakima church 
Wash. ' 

One was baptized since the last report from South Whit- 
ley, Tnd. 

One was baptized .Ian. 6, in the Snake Spring con- 
gregation, Pa. 

Four have been baptized since the last report from the 
Olynipia church. Wash. 

One confessed Christ at While Oak church, I'a -Bro 
Michael Kurtz, of Richland, Pa., evangelist. 

Two were baptized in the Wakarnsa church, Iiid dur- 
ing a short series of meetings held recently. 

Four confessed Christ at Middkburv, Ind.,— Bro I II 
Fike, home minister, conducting the services! 

Three confessed Christ in the Springvillc church Pa - 
Bro. Hiram Kaylor, of Rhcems, same Stale, evangelist. " 
Seven were baptized in the Wc^t Eel River church Ind 
—Bro. Moyne Landis, of Sidney, same State, evangelist. ' 
Four were baptized in the Monticcllo congregation, Ind., 
-Bro. R. C Wengcr, of North Manchester, same State 
evangelist. 

Three w-ere baptized and two await the rile at Moore, 
W. Va,.-Bro. J. F. Valentine, of Belington, same State 
evangelist. 

Thirty were added to the inenibcrship of the Harris 
Creek church, Ohio,— Bro. J. L. Mahon, of Marion Ind 
evangelist. 

Nine were bap'tized and three await the rile in the Em- 
pire church, Cal.,-Bro, A. C Root, of Long Beach sa'me 
State, evangelist. 

Ten were baptized and one reclaimed in the Goshen 
town o'hte' ' '^■"'' '^ ^' ^'"'"^'""'K'"' "' Frederick- 
Four confessed Christ, three of whom have been bap- 
tized, in the Buck Creek church, Ind.,.rBro. Hugh Mil- 
ler, of Gettysburg, Ohio, evangelist. 

Eleven were baptized, three await the rite, and Iwo were 
reclaimed at Littleton, W. Va.,-Bro. J. E. Shcpler,' of 
Bentons Ferry, W. Va., evangelist. 

Eleven were baptized, two were reclaimed and four 
await baptism in the Union Chapel, Pa,-Bro. George Van 
Sickle, of Selbysport, Md., evangelist 

Three were baptized, one was reclaimed, and si.x ap-' 
pheants await the rite in the West Marion church, Ind., 
-Bro. George E. Swihart, elder of the church, in charge 
ot the meetings. 

Four were baijtized in the West Conestoga church. Pa., 
—Bro. Ira Gibble, of Myerstown, same State evamzelist 
At a later meeting, in the same congregation six con 
fessed Chrlst.-Bro. Amos Kuhns, of Union Deposit, same 
state, evangelist. " .. 

Meetings in Progress 
Bro. D. R. McFadden, of Smithville, Ohio in the Green 
ville church, same Stale. 

„,°™v, ^i.-'Jr'''?'."' Nezperce, Idaho, in the North Yaki- 
ma church, Washington. 

At last report fourteen had decided for Christ in the 
ineeting at West Charleston, Ohio, conducted by Bro 

-id .Sister Frantz are to direct a revival effort at Arcadia, 



Personal Mention 
liro. Noah V. Beery, of Biookville, Ohio, is to locaK 
ill the Collage Grove church, Ind.. in the iiear future. 

Bro. D. H. Heckman changes his address from Platts- 
burg. Mo., to 1216 South Central Avenue, Chanute, Kans, 
A recent appreciated visitor at the Messenger rooms 
was Bro. P. H. Beery, of 3S43 Van Buren Street, Chicago. 
On Thursday evening of last week, Bro. J. H II 
Williams gave an address on Missions at the Special Insti- 
tute of Bethany Bible School. 

Bro. J. K. Eikenberry, of Mexico, Ind., has consented 
to serve as pastor of the Maxwell church, Iowa, and 
should be addressed by his correspondents as notcd^ 

Inadvertently, the address of Bro. Walter Gibson %vas 
wrongly given iu our 1917 Almanac, It should be R. D. 
10. Goshen, Ind. We suggest that, in the interest of ac- 
curacy, the correction be entered in the list as indicated. 

We have a telegram from Bro. B. E. Kesler, of Puxico, 
Mo., conveying the sad intelligence of the death of his 
wife on Monday, Jan. IS. We doubt not that the entire 
Messenger family will join us in our expression of deep- 
est sympathy with Bro. Kesler in his bereavement 

Brethren John and William Lamphi, of Polo, III., are 
spending the winter in Florida. We did not learn at what 
. point, in that balmy clime, they are making their tempor- 
ary home, but we are quite sure that they will be " about 
. Iheir Master's business," wherever they happen to be 

Word has just reached us of the death of Bro H C 
: Baker of Mondovi, Wis., whose earthly pilgrimage was 
brought to a sudden close Jan. 10, by an attack of apo- 
plexy. A sketch of the life and labors of this pioneer in 
the Wisconsin mis.sion field will be published in an early 

Bro. S. W. Garber, late pastor of the Ottuinwa church 
Iowa, was obliged to discontinue his work al thai placed 
owing to the death of his companion. Bro Abraham 
Wolf, of Fairfield, same State, has temporarily taken up 
the work,-tlie District Board making efforts, meanwhile 
to secure some one for the pastorate. 

Bro. W. M. Howe, whose confinement in the University 
Hospital al Philadelphia, was mentioned last week write. 
us that while the cure may be slow, he is " doing well 
hopeful and happy." The principal treatment prcscribec 
^ rest. Surely, every member will gladly respond to Bro 
Howe s request for the prayers of the church. 

Bro. J. G. Royer is still at the hospital in Elgin as 
stated in our last issue. While no very decided change 
in his condition can be noted, during the past week, his 
physician reports that his system is responding to the 
treatment, and the outlook for his recovery seems favor- 
able. Though he suffers much, Bro. Royer is cheerful 
and patient, and feels that the prayers in his behalf are 
availing^ Let us continue to pray that he may find the 
Uivine Grace sufTicicnt, and that it may please the Father 
to restore him soon lo health and service in his Kingdom! 
I r r.'^f ■ ""^' """ ^-"'"^ School Editor, Bro. 
J. E. Miller, ,s absent from his office, but his schedule 
indicates a well-filled program of activities. On the LSth, 
leth, and 17th, he expected to attend a meeting of the 
Sunday School Council of Evangelical Denominations at 
Boston Mass. In this organization Bro. Miller repre- 
sents the Church of the Brethren. He was booked for 
two addresses on the I8,h, at the Bible Institute of Blue 
Ridge College, New Windsor, Md. From the 20th to the 
28th he IS to give regular instruction in the Bible Insti- 
tute at Bridgewater College, Va. 

Persons desiring lo send a parting message of irnndwilt 
to Sister -Eliza B. Miller who. as previously announced 
IS to sail for India from Vancouver, Jan. 25, should write 
her at once, addressmg her at Vancouver, B. C, care of 
S. S. Empress of Russia" sailing Jan 25 From 
points in the United States, mail posted not later thTn 
Jan 20. wil reach her. and a day or two later will do for 
western and northwestern points. Her India address will 

'h?fitt"ien'ra°':n;;7mLT:;:rf " "■''^■'V''' ^""' 
pray that Sister Miller may have a saf^'o^age Vi\C 
God may greatly bless her labors and those of all our 
""*"" ' ' ' fe to add?— that he may show 



The Ministerial and Sunday-school Msetings of the 
t'lrst District of Virginia are to hr- 1,^1,1 ;., h c ., 
Tr.^t, ..t. I c I f "'■' "' t° l"= held III the Sandy 
Creek church, Salem house, May 25 and 26 

Correspondents will please remember that, generallv 
speaking, it will be quite sufficient to send but one report 
from a congregation each week. When more than one is 
sent, the two reports must finally be combined, which, 
auring tjie rush hours, preparatory lo going to press is 
not always feasible. * ' 

The Pike Church of the Brothers Valley congregation, 
Pa., recently graduated Its fourth Teachers' Training 
Class, and has eight members of the Sunday-school who 
have taken all the seals. These facts, with the well ar" 
ranged program of the graduating e.-cercises. indicate that 
this church IS taking its Sunday-school work seriously 

One of our correspondents, in writing to ask whether 
we can etc him to some one to hold some meetings for 
his congregation, says: "We want a real revivalist ot 
the pure religio,, of Jesus Christ." Il occurs lo us that 
tnis IS a spleij^id kind of revivalist, that this is the kind 
all communities need, and that all of God's true am 
bassadors must sincerely desire to be just that kind. 

At the recent Christmas exercises of the Payette church, 
Idaho, donations amounting to $175 were given and our 
correspondent assures us that this liberal giving was en 
joyed far more, by the congregation, than the receipt of 
the usual Christmas remembrance would have been The 
experience of that congregation is verified by that of every 
cheerful giver to a good cause,-the richest blessing 
remains with the donor. - 

This week we are devoting nearly two columns of space, 
on page 39, lo reports from our Sisters' Aid Societies We 
trust that our readers will see more in tl,... .' . 

the m "'■•ueis win see more in these reports than 

ere enumeration of articles made, and money paid 
out and received. We hope that all may be insmred to a 
greater degree of consecration and a more earnest en 
deavor for the work oj the Kingdom, while notincr the' 
faithfulness of our sisters ^ 

While the editorial management of the Messenger 
experiences no trouble whatever in deciphering al- 
most any sort of writing we ki,iHl„ ..cU „. 

J- I u, wrinng, we kindly ask our correspond- 

ents to be particularly careful as to writing with special 
care, the names of persons and places, and' the more so 
where such are a little out of the ordinary. If you have ' 
doubts about being plain on the maltcr, better print out 
the name in capitals,— such as you see in the papers. That 
will obviate any possibility of a mistake being made Still 
better, of course, is a tvoewrittpn renf,rf ...i,.,.. 

' , la a lypewrmen report, whenever access 

to a typewriter may be had by the correspondent. In 
that^case, however, ample space should be left between 

Missionary Flashlights 
_ The best remedy for a church sick unto death is to put 
il on a missionary diet. 

We can not serve God and mammon, but we can serve 
God by devoting a goodly share of our mammon to his 
work. 

The man who professes not to believe in foreign mis- 
sions might as well burn his New Testament, for il is 
a record of foreign missions. 

Jesus Christ alone can save'the world, but remember, he 
can not save the world alone,— he depends upon human 
instrumentality to carry out his bidding. 
,„"J' "''/;'^='''" of ">= ^l""":'' lo give the whole Gospel 
to the whole world, and no member of the body can 
escape the responsibility of doing his whole duty. 

Did we hear you say, " I am not interested in missions " ? 
There IS but one explanation for your gross indifference— " 
■ ■- -:ther inexcusable ignorance or willful disobedience. 



Whe 






1 the 



Fla 

Contemplated Meetings 

in'5h°e n„t °rV' '='"""''"»'°' '•"'■"■ l«gi.. Jan 28 
in the Union church, same Stale 

Bro. J. Edwin Jarboe and wife, of Lincoln Nebr to 
begin Jan. 21 in the Polo church. III 

Bro. Ira Gibble, of Myerstown, Pa., to begin Ian 20 
m the Springvillc church, same State 

Bro^ George W. Flory, of Covington, Ohio, to begin 
Feb. 4 in the Germantown church. Pa 

Bro. N. A. Conover, of 3435 Van Buren Street Chicago 
to begin Jan. 21 in the Batavia church 111 ^ ' 

2^T,h r ^'"u''"- "' """""'Bdou.' Pa., to begui Jan. 
22. in the Greensburg church, same State 
• ^.'^ wJ^- Nicodemus. of Chicago, 111., to begin Feb 4 
m the White Rock (Lovewell) church, Kans. 



Miscellaneous 
There being no other love feast annouiiceraeiits we 

"\^"Z'V""^°' i' following: Jan. 20, Cedar c;cek, 
.'^la., ^nd Shamokm, Pa. 

It IS not too early, perhaps, to make plans concerning 
the trip to the next Conference. On page 44 Bro. I. S 
Gabel has something of inlercst to all those who lave 

;o:r;^:'^^;:;;:^ '•'-'^ ---- ^^ "-- .•-= 

Bro. John Heckman. of Polo, 111., says, in a recent coin- 
municalion, among other things: "But I want to tell you 
tha I do appreciate the idea of making the Almanac take 

■ . . This course, followed for a number of years, will make 
It a complete cyclopedia. . . . 1,'s a splendid thing for us 
as a people, to have such a publication coming to our 
homes. The Almanac ... is consulted a great deaj . . . Lei 
usefulness." 



iiot ask: " How much of my money must I giv'e to God?" 
but. How much of God's money will I keep for myself?" 
I he church that forgets itself, in its intense passion 
for the salvation of others, will, by means of that very 
forgetfulness, find itself, and realize its most sublime 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is cosmopolitan. It begins 
by being a Gospel for the whole man, and it ends by be- 
ing a Gospel for the people of all nations, in all climes 
111 all ages. 

If there is not enough inherent life and vitality in our 
religion, to compel us lo. share it with all the world it 

ziv°zr ""'" '"' '"' ^°"''^ ■■■■'-"- '--■■- 

Nothing is really lasting but that which is done for God 
and for the highest spiritual good of others. That which 
IS done wholly for self, is doomed to well-deserved ob- 
livion, except as vain regrets haunt the consciousness of 
hm^who persistently ministers lo his own selfish needs 

In the great day of accounts, the Righteous Judge will 
not pass on our acceptance because of lofty attainments 
high station, or loud profession, but by the scars that tell 
their story of a long and severe but, withal successful 
struggle on the great hattle-field for truth and righteous- 
While glibly talking about "'human brotherhood" be 
sure to remember that the best exemplification of 'your 
sincerity along that line is found in your consecration lo 
he work of missions. Yon need not talk about your love 
for others, ,f you are unwilling to share Heaven's great- 
est blessing. ^ 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 20, 1917 



AROUND THE WORLD 



Sixty Thousand Filipinos in Sunday-school 
l'"iftcc!i years ago, — we arc told, — scarcely one I'ilipino 
had seen the inside of a Sunday-school. Now there is au 
army of 60,000 enrolled under the Sunday-school banner of 
the islands. And even at that, the movement has just be- 
yun. Men may possibly differ as to the propriety of hold- 
ing these islands under the control of the United States, 
but no one can rightfully claim that thereby the natives 
lia\'c not been blessed in many ways. Mission work" has 
been, by all odds, the greatest boon bestowed tipon the 
islanders. Then, too, the educational privileges, fostered 
by the United States Government, have done wonders in 
the civilization of the people. Education and evangeliza- 
tion arc factors of undoubted importance in tlie uplift of 

any people. — ■ — — 

Conversion of Breweries 
Steps arc already being taken to convert several brewer- 
ies in Detroit, Mich., into artificial ice plants, in prepara- 
tion for the advent of State-wide prohibition. Announce- 
ment has been made that the anticipated change of activity 
will in no wise depreciate the value of the properties in 
question. In fact, the great demand for ice, — which exist- 
ing plants were unable to supply, last year, — will insure 
ample returns for the capital invested. Surely, such "con- 
versions " are most commetidable. The Flint, Mich., brew- 
cry is the only building not made over into a factory of 
some sort. It has been converted into a church. Instead 
of bringing about man's destruction,- as it did in the past, 
it has become the dwelling-place of the Most High,— the 
very gate of heaven to the devout believer. 



Our Luxurious Age 

At the automobile show, recently held in New York City, 
a number of the finest pleasure cars were showji,— seem- 
ingly "the last word" in elegance and luxury. Though 
held at $10,000 and over, it is said that these "palaces on 
wliecls " foimd ready purchasers, and that, in'fact, the sup- 
I»ly was not equal to the demand, More magnificent and 
luxurious than the most elaborate equipages of royalty, 
these -superior vehicles may be owned by any American 
who can afford to spend the price of a splendid home on 
Ihe purchase of a motor car. Right there, however, arises 
;in interesting point in Christian stewardship. Can any one 
justify the expenditure of $10,000 in a car of this sort, while 
millions of souls in heathen lands are unsaved because of 
a lack of means to send needed workers? 



The Power of Little Things 
California, in its fight to prevent the spread of bubonic 
plague, — so prevalent in many parts of Asia, — has been 
made painfully aware of the power of little things, and of 
the further fact that humanity must needs be vitally in- 
terested even in matters that happen on the other side of 
the globe. The plague is apparently spread by fleas that 
communicate the germs of bubonic plague to rats and ^Iso 
lo squirrels. In order to destroy the latter, and to do it 
thoroughly, -wheat soaked in strychnine was recently scat- 
tered over a vast area of land. This disposed of the squir- 
-rels and obviated any possibility of further infection. How 
ready man is, at great expense, to fight so insignif- 
icant an insect as a flea, and how very reluctant he is to 
fight that far more dangerous, soul-destroying monster, 



The Webb-Kenyon Lavir Declared Valid 
In the most sweeping of all decisions, upholding prohi- 
Ibition laws, the Supreme Court, Jan. S, declared as con- 
stitutional and valid the Webb-Kcnyoh law, prohibiting all 
shipments of liquor from wet to dry States. It also sus- 
tained West Virginia's recent amendment to her laws, pro- 
liibiting the importation of liquor for personal use, by 
means of interstate commerce. Chief Justice White, in 
-auaouncing the decision, said this, among other things: 
■" It was the purpose of the act to cut out by the roots the 
practice of permitting violations of State liquor laws. We 
ican have no doubt that Congress has complete authority to 
;prcvent the paralyzing of State autho^itJ^" It is conceded 
by the liquor people that the question has been definitely 
settled, and they are accepting their defeat as gracefully 

as possible. 

Christians and Lodge Affiliation 
In a recent issue of the " Herald of Gospel Liberty " the 
editor makes a clear-cut reply to the question of one of his 
readers,— whether any one can be a true Chri.s[ian while 
afliliating with a secret order and its inevitable clement 
of irreligious members; Frankly the editor says: "I dn 
not sec how T could be a member of a secret, worldly or- 
der. How do yon think it would look 'for me. as a member 
of the Church of Christ, to divide my time between the 
church and the secret order, when the Master has bidden 
me to follow him, and has given me far more to do than 
I can accomplish for him. in the, interest of my fellow- 
men? . . . Seeing that Christ died for all, he certainly has 
the right lo all we have. Oh. if Christians would only de<l- 
irate their all to God, and not divide it with worldly or- 
ganizations! " 'what the editor has so well put, in the 
words above quoted, should be more strongly emphasized 



111 every congregation of the Church of the Brethren. We 
Ikuc heard of congregations in which our ttme-honorcd 
altitude of opposition to all secret orders is not even hint- 
ed at, in pulpit utterances, and now and then a report 
reaches us that this or that brother of prominence is said 
to be identified with a leading secret order. In tliesc days, 
when sinister influences of various kinds arc seeking to 
gain a foothold in the church, it well behooves us to heed 
the apostolic precept: "Be not unequally yoked together 

with unbelievers." 

A Humiliating Record 
Mob law can not, in any sense, be justified, and to us, 
as a nation, it is decidedly humiliating that, every now and 
then, another lynching case is reported. It is a procedure 
wholly contrary to the law of God as well as of man. Tus- 
kegee Institute has, for some years, been keeping a careful 
record of lynchings in the United States, and from its latest 
statistics we glean the following: In 1916 there were fifty- 
four lynchings. Of those who thus lost their lives, fifty 
were negroes, and four were whites. This is four less ne- 
groes and nine less whites than were put to death in 1915. 
Fourteen. — or more than one-fo»irth of the lynchings, — oc- 
curred in Georgia. It would seem high time that the law- 
abiding portion of every community rise as one man in 
condemnation of mob law, leaving the disposal of the 
transgressor in the hands of the authorities. 



Porto Ricans to Be Citizens 
Ever since the time when the island of Porto Rico was 
ceded by Spain to the United States, the people of the 
island have been virtually without real citizenship. They 
were then no longer citizens of Spain, nor were they fa- 
vored with the privileges of American citizenship. By the 
bill now passed, the Senate will grant full privileges of 
citizenship to the inhabitants of Porto Rico. The bill also 
provides for complete home rule, — there being but the one 
restriction that under no circumstances can the legislature 
appropriate more money, in any one year, than is indicated 
by the available revenue for that period. Porto Ricans, 
we arc told, are highly elated by this early prospect of 
citizenship in a land of their own. It is also to be hoped 
that they will not neglect to make sure of the still better 
" citizenship in heaven," under adequate religious culture. 



We Mould Our Own Faces 
So high an authority as Sculptor Lorado Taft says: " To 
a large extent we are the makers of our own faces." His 
argument is that beneath the skin are the muscles that we 
use unconsciously to draw our features into positions in- 
dicative of the various emotions of the heart. Naturally, 
the predominant feelings affix to the face its normal ex- 
pression, and the physiognomist can readily determine our 
character. Obviously, we can not greatly alter the general 
contour of the face, but every one, so inclined, may have 
a " shining face," and that, too, without resort to cosmetics. 
Beauty is sometimes spoken of as "skin deep," but real 
beauty finds its origin in thought and action. This may be 
had by all who are willing to engage in good, clean, health- 
ful and cheerful thinking and living. Patterning after 
man's Highest Ideal,— our Elder Brother,— our friends will 
know that we have been in communion with him. 



Japan's Threatening Attitude 
At the urgent insistence of the Japanese Government 
both the Senate and the House of Representatives have 
taken steps by which the much-discussed immigration bill 
will be modified to the liking of the Nipponese Empire. 
The editor of the " Osaka Mainichi," a leading Japanese 
journal, said in a recent issue: "To talk of Japan and 
America working harmoniously together for the peace of 
the world and the common benefit of mankind, while 
Ameri'ca is discriminating against Japanese subjects, and 
shewing positive aversion to them, is a rather curious at- 
titude. ... It is an insult to the Japanese, and although the 
maintenance of peace, under existing circumstances, may 
be advisable from an American point of view, Japan will 
probably take a diflferent view of the situation." The ex- 
tract, just quoted, verifies the applicability of a precept we 
have frequently referred to: " With what measure ye mete, 
it shall be measured to you again." 

A Prominent Educator Against War Training 
Mrs. Ella Flagg Young is known throughout the United 
States, and beyond, as an authority on educational matters. 
For some years she was the superintendent of Chicago's 
great scliool system, the affairs of which she administered 
with signal and unquestioned ability. Recently the mem- 
bers of the Senate subcommittee, during their consider- 
ation of the different military training bills submitted to 
them, invited expressions from various persons of undoubt- 
ed ability. Mrs. Young, when asked to give her opinion, 
frankly told the committee that all the proposed bills arc 
opposed to the present-day trend in education. "The tend- 
ency of today," said Mrs. Young, " is toward individual 
development, — toward a less rigid, a more flexible sort of 
training. Through the response we get from the children 
under that treatment, we secure more and better discipline 
today than we got forty or fifty years ago. In that early 
day, with the aid of the rod and at the price of eternal 
vigilance, we did not get the cheerful courtesy, the habitual 
discipline, which we get, \n the public schools today. Go to 



any public school and see for yourself. You will find more 
orderly class-rooms and playgrounds than you would have 
found fifty years ago. We get this discipline not through 
military methods but through a new spirit in education, a 
spirit implacably opposed to the military spirit." The 
words above quoted bear the stamp of evident truthfulness. 
And is not the plan that Mrs. Young has found so success- 
ful in the school-room, as fully adaptable to the still wider 
circle of national and international relations? Is there not 
a need today of a "new spirit," wholly superior to the 
military spirit? This era of Christianity, in its widest and 
most comprehensive application,— peace, brotherhood, the 
Golden Rule, as directed to Governmental matters, — is 
yet to come. And when it comes, in the power and might 
of an unconquerable spirit, then, and then only, will the 
perpetuity of universal peace be made an assured fact. 



' Latest Developments 

Neutral nations, as, well as lovers of peace in general, 
had hoped that President Wilson's recent peace note 
might, in some way, strike a responsive chord aniong 
those most directly concerned. That the official reply 
of the Entente Allies is wholly discouraging, is general- 
ly admitted, and as prospects are just now, there is likely 
to be a continuation of the relentless struggle to the bit- 
ter end. The Teutonic Powers, — it is said, — would have 
entered upon an interchange of peace conditions through 
the mediatory efforts of President Wilson, had there been 
even the least disposition, upon the part of the Allies, 
to consider such conciliatory efforts. With the turn that 
events have taken, however, Germany now sees no im- 
mediate opportunity to take further steps towards peace. 
The bloody struggle goes on, with the "grim reaper" 
as the only real victor. 



Not Soldiers, But Missionaries 
According to church workers who have given close at- 
tention to the situation of affairs in Mexico, it is more and 
more evident that the ultimate restoration of the country 
to peace and orderly conditions will be the task of the mis- 
sionary and not the soldier. Dr. Wm. O. Shepard, of 
Wichita, Kans., who has given this matter considerable 
thought, maintains: " If we had sent one thousand preach- 
ers of the Gospel to the Mexican border instead of 130,000 
soldiers, we would have no Mexican problem." On a re- 
cent visit to the United States troops, along the Mexican 
border, he was more than ever impressed, — as he said, — 
with the futility of nations trying to correct wrongs by the 
force of arms. " How long has the world striven with the 
sword," he truthfully said, "when Christian love would 
have accomplished much more! Instead of meeting steel 
with steel, we should use the weapon of the Spirit" His 
position will be endorsed by every lover of peacel 



Socialistic Principles in Denmark 

Whatever we may think about socialism in general, the 

fact is obvious to every observer that nations now at war 

arc largely operating under socialistic principles, so far 

tral nations, even, are forced to adopt many economic ex- 
pedients of that kind, Denmark is to have shoes and 
clothes of a standard grade, made under Government con- 
trol, in quantities, at the lowest possible cost A penalty 
is attached to selling anything else. Autocratic price regu- 
lation of all farm, sliop and factory products is also to be 
enforced. Importation of food products is already abso- 
lutely under Government control. Prohibitive taxes on 
luxuries are rigidly exacted. Families with insufiicicnt in- 
come arc supplied by the Government with necessary 
goods and provisions at lowest net prices. All this because 
the economic pressure of the war is so great that it is 
feared the nation may collapse, unless these protective 
intervene. 



Environment and Heredity 

Much has been said in behalf of salutary hereditary in- 
fluences, as important factors of individual integrity and 
efficiency. On the other hand, some even more conclusive 
arguments and evidences have been set forth to prove that 
favorable environment may do much to counteract, and 
even wholly overcome, vicious inherited tendencies. An 
interesting study on this point is afforded by the report of 
the superintendent of a prominent orphanage. He has care- 
fully investigated the subsequent career of about 1,600 
children who have gone out from that institution. Of this 
number only ninety proved unworthy of the training they 
had received. To understand his point more clearly, it 
should be remembered that these 1,600 children came large- 
ly from districts known as the "slums." Many were liter- 
ally picked from the gutters and alleys,- their parents, 
seemingly, not caring anything whatever about their ulti- 
mate fate. These children were, as we would say ordina- 
rily, " born bad." We would admit, according to the pop- 
ular theory, that they entered life with a most discourag- 
ing handicap. That, in face of all this, only one out of 
every nineteen should prove a failure, must certainty be 
ascribed to the fact that a great-hearted institution gave 
them a fair chance " to make good," Possibly this showing 
is quite as favorable as that which is made by children go- 
ing out into life from well-to-do homes. As it appears to 
us, practically all depends upon proper training,— "Train 
up a child in the way he should go." 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— Jaunary 20, 1917 



HOME AND FAMILY 



The Savior's Last Supper with His Disciples 



Luke 22: 15, 16 
BY JAMES A. SELL 
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7.»). 

The Savior longed to kfep the feast, 

Witii his disciples dear. 
The time of his departure hence. 

Was drawing very near. 
Before he left his church on earth, 

To go to heaven above. 
He made a feast to be observed. 

To show our mutual love. 
It points us to the marriage feast. 

When he receives his bride, 
"Arrayed in linen clean and white" 

Who shall with him abide. 
'Tis then the feast shall be fulfilled. 

Thai moved the Savior's heart. 
And he will take his people home, 

And never from them part. 
Then, if our hearts long for the feast, 

As Jesus did while here, 
Our faith shall see through shadows dim, 

The substance bright and clear. 
And when our souls shall leave this wo 

And soar to realms above. 
We then shall feast on heavenly peace, 

And Jesus' boundless love. 
So, when our earthly work is done. 

And time shall be no more. 
And thou, O Lord, shalt meet thy bride, 

Upon the heavenly shore. 
Grant us a place on thy right hand. 

Unworthy though wc be, 
And we will praise thy holy name, 
Throitghout eternity. 
Hollidaysburg, Pa. 



The Song at Proudhearts' 

BY IDA M. HELM ' 
In Two Parts.— Part Two 
Katharine wore a neat, pure white dress, cut high 
at the neck and edged with a bit of lace, and she had 
long sleeves. She did not wear any jewels. Her au- 
burn hair was loosely drawn back and fastened with 
rubber pins. Her dark blue eyes were radiant, and her 
naturally pale face was sweet and serene. Surprise 
was depicted in ever)' face. An exclamation of dis- 
approval escaped Madam La Rue's lips : " Dear ! What 
was the idea of her coming in ' high neck '? Strange 
that she should come to this distinguished gathering in 
such simple garb." 

"Perhaps she comes from a world different than 
ours," said Lncile Ray in a voice of disdain. 

Smiles of satisfaction and approval played on the 
faces of many of the men, but the women were all 
clothed in low-necked dresses and their arms were 
bare, and they eyed Katharine with disgust. Their 
definite aim in life was fashion and pleasure. 

Mrs. Proudheart Introduced the singer, and she ac- 
knowledged the introduction with the unfeigned sweet 
grace of her own personality. She was neither back- 
ward nor over-confident. She had a smile and a kind 
word for every one. Her soft voice and gentle, merry 
laughter penetrated hard hearts and drew out a re- 
sponsive chord. All could see that the true happiness 
of an unsophisticated life and a clear conscience were' 
hers. Proud hearts were filled with envy, and discon- 
tented ones wondered. By and by the hour came for 
her to sing. She rose and walked gracefully to the 
place designated for her. All were excited. Expec- 
^^^'!l! ''"'■M '^" '°"^ "■'"^ uppermost in every mind. 
What will she sing? Perhaps something composed 
especially for this occasion." Listen ! She is begin- 
ning to sing: '' 



" I gave my life for thee, 
My precious blood I shed," 
A slight rustle was noticed in the audience. 
"That thou might'st ransomed be 
And quickened from the dead." 
. Amazement was portrayed in every face. " What 
'^ does she mean by singing that song?" whispered 
a Madam Lathrope. The sweet voice continued in pa- 
,3 thetic tenderness, 

it " I gave, I gave my life for thee. 

'I What hast thou given for me?" 

Proud hearts were touched. The people had heard 
j the sweet old, yet ever new. Story of Jesus and his 
. love, but they had forgotten. Heavenly love was por- 
; trayed on the sweet upturned face Of the singer. 

" My Father's house of light. 
My glory-cireled throne. 
I left for earthly night. 
For wanderings sad and lone." 

Two boys began a whispered conversation. " Hush," 
said a grand dame, " I want to hear." A man wlio 
made a sneering remark was frowned into silence by a 
dignified man who was listening intently. Surely the 
loving Savior was pleased as the wonderful -voice filled 
the room. 

"I left, I left it all for thee. 
Hast thou left aught for me?" 
What had these vain, worldly people left for Jesus' 
sake? Strangely sweet the words touched poor, sin- 
laden hearts. Fashionable, aged men and women of 
the world, decked with jewels and costly raiment 
standing on the brink of the grave, were made to feel 
a nameless fear of death piercing their worldly old 
hearts. Capitalists and bankers realized that ' their 
hearts were stored away with their earthly treasures 
Unbelievers and scoffers at religion were touched 
Twentieth century young men and women, who re- 
garded life as a merry day, and spoke lightly of death 
were made to reflect. Underneath velvet and brocade 
there were hearts filled with envy and hatred, and firm 
resolves never to forgive the one who had mistreated 
them. There were a few who gave regulariy to the 
church and missions, and felt that they had done tlieir 
duty. All listened while the sweet accents fell. 
" I suffered much for thee, 

^fore than thy tongue can tell." 
Yes, some of them remembered that Christ had en- 
dured Getlisemane ; he had endured the excruciating 
anguish of the crown of thorns, and of the spikes 
piercing his tender flesh, 

"To rescue thee from hell. 

I've borne, I've borne it all for thee. 
What hast thou borne for me?" 
The words trembled on the air. The people had 
borne trials, and disappoi.bMents and heartaches in the 
pursuit of wealth, honor, fa.., pleasure, fashion. It 
was a heavy burden, but th.y hU despised the cross of 
Lhnst, a lighter burden. 

"And I have brought to thee, 
Down from my home above, 
Salvation full and free. r 

My pardon and my love." 

Perhaps, in the long past years when they were 
young and their hearts were impressive .to the Christ- 
hfe, Uiey had been responsive to the marvelous love of 
Jesus. But woridly cares and pleasures had crowded 
that love out of their hearts. Now faces of godly men 
and women long dead, looked with piteous appeal into 
wrinkled old faces. Here and there a hot tear fell on 
nne raiment. 



" This is no place for such foolishness." But that did 
not discourage ICatharine. She remembered that Paul . 
says, "The natural man receiveth not the things of 
the Spirit of God : for tliey are foolishness unto him ; 
neither can he know them, because they are spiritually 
discerned." 

A fine lady in full ( ?) dress approached Katharine 
with high-sounding words : " There is a fortune in 
your voice, dear. That song w.is beautiful, grand, but 
in grand opera a fortune would come your way. You 
would have the world at your feet." 

" Thank you. I have chosen to use my voice, — my 
best God-given talent,— in his service. I shall sing in 
church, m asylums, in mstitutions of charity, in homes 
where I am invited,— wherever I can use my voice in 
service, though I have an audience of but one." 

The young man who lost his money in the game that 
evening said, " Thank you for that song. I have a kind 
father and mother. I know they remembered me in 
their prayers at the family altar this evening. I am go- 
ing home, and I am going to enlist in the service of the 
One who left all for me. You look so happy." 

" Yes, I am happy. I have given myself to him, and 
I am so glad you have decided to accept the Great Re- 
demption." 

Katharine's face flushed and tears glittered in her 
eyes. She was so glad God had so richly blessed her ' 
song. 

Her adornment was the ornament of a meek and 
quiet spirit,— the ornament that is in the sight of God 
of great price. 

Ashland, Ohio, R. D. 2. 



CORRESPONDENCE 



"Write what thou Met, and send it unto the churches" 



OLD PEOPLE'S HOME, PLEASANT VIEW 
CHURCH, KANS. 

The above-named Home is located just a few rods 
north of the Pleasant View church, and is managed by 
Eld. H. B. Martin and wife. 

At present there are ten old people at this Home 
Others have applications filed for admission. This is not 
only a home for the aged but it has become a pleasant 
place for the friends and neighbors to assemble. This 
fact was demonstrated on the evening of Dec. 29, when 
said friends and neighbors came in uninvited, as a sur- 
prise, bringing with them oysters, crackers, celery, pickles, 
etc. All enjoyed a meal together as one common family,' 
old and young. 

The surprise was intended mainly for the superintend- 
ent and family, but it was a treat for the aged ones too. 
At a late hour the visitors dispersed, feeling that the 
evening was well spent. 

We think we ought to show our appreciation to those 
who have made a sacrifice that the aged may have proper 
care and treatment. Wilmer Keedy. 

Darlow, Kansas, Jan. 3. 



"I bri 



ig. I bring rich gifts 



What h. 

The words filled the room like sweet incense from a 
golden censer. The song was finished. There was no 
clapping of hands, but many an audible " Amen " and 
^^ Thank you was heard throughout the great room 

t seems just like if I was in meeting," said an old 
man^ An aged man near him replied: "Makes me 
think of the family altar, back in the dear old home "• 

Memories of prayers at the knees of mothers, long 
gone to their reward, flitted through the chambers of 
he souls of grey-haired grandmothers and grandfa- 
thers, A few people did not like the s^ng. Th«y said. 



CONFERENCE AND CONVENTION OF TEXAS 
AND LOUISIANA 

Our Sunday-school, Ministerial and District Meetings 
were held Dec. 27, 28 and 29, respectively, at Manvcl, 
Texas. Bro. J. F. Hoke, of Roanoke, La., was Moderator 
for the Sunday-school Meeting. Following are the sub- 
jects discussed: "The Influence of the Sunday-school on 
the Home, the Community and the Nation." "Some 
Fundamental Steps in Interesting Children in Christi- 
anity," "Necessary Essentials for an Ideal Recitation 
Hour," "Song Service: (a) Sacrediiess. (b) Importance, 
(c) Influence." These topics were prescnti'd by speakerii 
and discussed by the meeting. 

In the evening Sister Lula Tinkle gave a talk to the chil- 
dren, succeeded by the Temperance Meeting led by Bro 
A. J. Wine. Bro. Clear, of Houston, presided over the 
Ministerial Meeting. The following topics were discussed 
" Faults of the Minister," " Failings of the Laity Toward 
the Minister," " Causes of Absence from Church," " Are 
the Labors of the Evangelist Appreciated More Than 
Those of the Home Minister?" "Some Necessary Es- 
sentials to Substantial Progress in Church Work" "The 
Importance of Unified Organized Church work in the 
Congregation, the District and the Brotherhood" 

In the evening of Dec. 28 we held a love feast at which 
W. O. Beckner, of McPherson, Kans., oflriciatcd. Bro. 
Beckner also preached inspiring sermons on Friday, Sat- 
urday and Sunday evenings. The District extends thanks 
for his help in the meetings.' 

At the opening of the District Conference thirteen dele- 
gates were enrolled. Bro. A, J. Wine was chosen Mod- 
erator, Bro. J. F. Hoke, Reading Clerk and Bro Wm 
J. Tinkle, Writing Clerk, the report of churches showed 
I? \m) membership, of 385, including 23 ministers, This 






THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— Jaunary 20. 1917 



is a gain over last year, but it is much too small. We 
have but eight organizations in our vast territory, com- 
prising all of Louisiana and all of the great State of 
Texas except the " Panhandle." Wc support two travel- 
ing missionaries, who give their entire time to the work. 
District Meeting passed a query to Annual Meeting, call- 
ing for help from the General Mission Board. 

Bro. J. A. Miller, of Manvel, Texas, was elected delegate 
on Standing Committee of next Annual Meeting, with Bro. 
G. E. Wales, of Kenedy, Texas, alternate. The meeting 
next year will be held at Roanoke, "La., during the holi- 
day week. Wm. J. Tinkle, Writing Clerk. 

Taft, Texas. . ^ . 

WEST MARION, INDIANA 

Dec. 24 our revival meetings began. Bro. Arthur Bru- 
fcaker preached on Sunday and Sunday evening. On Mon- 
■day our elder, Bro. Geo. E, Swihart, of Roann. took up 
the work. He has been preaching the Word with power 
:sincc then. So far three have been baptized, one re- 
K:laimed, and six are awaiting baptism. Others are count- 
ing the cost and seem very near. 

On Saturday evening, Dec. 30, we held our quarterly 
'council. This meeting seemed to be especially influenced 
by the Spirit. Bro. Swihart's wonderful sermons hav- 
ing aroused the membership as never before, love ruled 
supreme. Everything that came before the meeting was 
disposed of with a general good feeling. Church, Sunday- 
school, Christian Workers' and Prayer Meeting officers 
were elected. Bro. Martin Kcrnutt was reelected Sunday- 
school superintendent. Sister Ethel Personett was chosen 
president of the Christian Workers. Bro. Geo. Graham 
is class leader of the prayer meeting. 

The West Marion church truly has been revived. Wc 
are looking forward to a bright future. Bro. Swihart's 
meetings still continue with good interest. 

Jonesboro, Ind., Jan. 6. J. A. Leckron. 



in booklet 



OKLAHOMA BIBLE NORMAL 

The fourth Annual Bible Normal of the District of 
Oklahoma. Pan Handle of Texas and New Mexico con- 
vened in the Washita congregation, near Cordell, Okla., 
Dec. 24 to 31. Brother and Sister J. H. Morris and Bro. 
J. R. Pitzer were the instructors. We completed the study 
of "The Story of Redemption." as outlined by our Dis- 
trict evangelist, Bro. J. H. Morris. The study of this 
story, in a connected form, was made most plain- and in- 
teresting through the untiring efforts of the faithful teach- 

The children greatly enjoyed the two periods, each day, 
"devoted to Bible stories. This work was directed by Sis- 
ter Morris. Two night sessions were devoted to the 
study of "The Beauties of Simplicity in Attire," " Chicago 
Mission Work," and "How Reach the 82 Per Cent of 
3^on-Professors in Oklahoma." 

The weather was ideal and the attendance was the larg- 
■est'we have ever had at one of our Bible Normals. The 
enrollment was one hundred and twenty-two. Fifty of 
these took the examination. The majority of the students 
were young people. 

The good brethren and sisters of the Washita con- 
gregation entertained the visitors in a most hospitable 
manner, and the social and spiritual communion was so 
thoroughly enjoyed by all as to make those present look 
forward with anticipation to next year's Bible Normal. 

On Sunday, preceding the Normal, the Thomas and 
Washita Sunday-schools held a joint Sunday-school Meet- 
ing in the Washita congregation. Our District Secre- 
tary, Sister Birdie Morris, presided over this meeting. 

Thomas, Okla., Jan. 5. Haven Hutchison. 



PLEASANT HILL, OHIO 

Dec. 10 was the beginning of a great meeting for our 
people. On this day we dedicated our new building, con- 
sisting of fourteen Sunday-school rooms, a mothers' room, 
ladies' parlor, large dining-hall, toilet rooms, etc. Hun- 
dreds of people were present. Evangelist J. H. Cassady 
delivered the sermon. His great audience listened with 
unbroken interest as he reached the powerful climax, 
" Building character in the life of another is greater than 
brick and mortar. Buildings, however splendid, are only 
instruments through which the greater things are ac- 
complished." 

The noon hour was a happy one, for refreshments were 
provided, and acquaintances renewed. At 2:30 Bro. Cas- 
sady again addressed a large audience on " The God- 
Planned Life." Bro. Cassady remained with us until 
Dec. 31, preaching each evening, and Sundays at 10:30 
and 2:30. One of the Sunday afternoon meetings was 
a temperance sermon. We shuddered and could almost 
see the "Old Serpent," as he climbed from the still and 
blew his foul breath into our face, as Bro. Cassady 
pictured the horrors of intemperance and the saloon. 
Other Sunday afternoon subjects were "The Devil in 
Pants," to men,— women invited,— and " The Devil in 
Skirts,"— men invited. These were great meetings. We 
have had our Moody and Jones, and the world is thrilled 
with Billy Sunday, but when you have heard them, you 
should also hear our own Bro. Cassady. 

We wish all could have heard the series on "The Steps 
into the Kingdom," — " Faith," " Repentance," " Baptism." 



Bro. Cassady should produce these sermoi 
form, and give the world a chance at them. 

Though the attendance was greatly hindered by zero 
weather, snow, sicknees and death, we are rejoicing over 
the twenty-one precious ones that came. Most of them 
are tender in years. Chas. L. Flory. 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio. Jan. 3. 



FROM NORTHEASTERN KANSAS 

On Dec. 6 the District Mission Board met at the home 
of Brother and Sister Enoch Derrick, Abilene, Kans. 
After devotional exercises the Board proceeded to the 
consideration of the various problems and questions that 
naturally arise, confronting every missionary effort to a 
greater or less extent. There are constantly new con- 
ditions entering into the work that contribute materially 
towards encouraging the missionary spirit, on the one 
hand, -as well as retarding the work, on the other hand. 

The Board feels encouraged, however, because of the 
noble missionary spirit that has been manifested on the 
part of those who have given of their means to carry for- 
ward the Lord's work in our territory. There arc new 
fields of service opening up and other calls coming in, 
asking that the Board assist in sending laborers into these 
new fields. To these calls the Board will gladly respond 
if the churches of our District will continue to assist the 
Board with their money as well as with their prayers. 

There are, however, a few members and some churches 
who have allowed themselves to become delinquent and 
have not come up with their quota for home mission work, 
as decided by District Meeting. The Board would kind- 
ly ask that the elders and overseers of these churches 
make an effort to raise the amount due and send it to 
Bro. Enoch Derrick. Treasurer of the Mission Board, who 
will give due credit for the amounts sent in, and Uuis 
avoid any occasion for embarrassment or retarding the 
mission work of the District. 

We thank all for their cooperation in the past, and pray 
that God may abundantly bless and direct all to his glory 
and the saving of many souls. 

R. A. Yoder, District Secretary. 

118 East Main Street, Sabetha, Kansas, Jan. 3. 



SUNDAY-SCHOOL NORMAL OF NORTHWESTERN 
OHIO 

The Sunday-school workers of Northwestern Ohio had 
been looking forward to our District Normal for several 
months, and on Saturday, Dec. 28, a goodly number met 
in the Pleasant View house, of the Sugar Creek church, 
near Lima, Ohio, at 1 P. M., for the first session of the 
two days' meetings. We had lovely winter weather. The 
Western Ohio Electric line runs past the church. 

Bro. J. E. Miller, of Elgin, 111., and Bro. T. T. Myers, 
of Huntingdon, Pa., were expected to arrive about 11:20 
A. M., from Akron, Ohio, where they had conducted a 
Normal the fore part of the week. However, trains were 
delayed and the instructors could not reach us on time, 
but not a minute of time was wasted. 

After a very inspiring song service, an organization was 
effected, which resulted in selecting Bro. S. P. Berkebile 
as Moderator, and the writer. Secretary. Bro. Diaz, our 
Filipino brother, gave a short address, after which Bro. 
Berkebile was urged to give a talk on India. During his 
address Brethren Miller and "Myers arrived, and at once 
took up their work with enthusiasm. 

Bro. Miller had arranged to present "The Great Teach- 
er," under six different divisions, viz.: "Marks of a Great 
Teacher," "His Drawing Power," "Why People Came 
to Him," "His Patience," "His Questions," and "His Il- 
lustrations." As we listened, one period after another, to 
the work on " The Great Teacher," many were impressed 
with the need of making a greater study of the Master, 
in order that we might do more effective work. 
On Friday evening Bro. Miller gave an address on 
"The Needs of the Hour," which was practical for every 
school in the District. A few of the gems presented by 
Bro. Miller are here given for the benefit of Sunday- 
school workers everywhere: "A great teacher is marked 
by the themes that are handled, methods used in presenta- 
tion and his character. Jesus is the world's greatest 
Teacher; he handled such themes as ' God Is a Spirit, 
Love to God, Love to Neighbor, Teaching on Oaths, on 
Divorcement, on Going to'Law.' He gave truths in a 
new way, gave his life for the truth he taught, and led his 
followers into a willingness to live for him. If we study 
the four Gospels, we have the best work on teaching one 
can find, because we study the Master Teacher. We need 
life rather than equipment and we need consecration 
rather than noise in our Sunday-school work." 

Bro. Myers' Lectures were on "The Church." as to 
" Origin," " Organization," " Worship," " Doctrines," 
"Ordinances" and "Missions." He also gave an address 
on Thursday evening, on "The Indwelling Word." His 
work was deep and spiritual. The two speakers had 
harmonious lines of thought. Note some gems of thought 
from Bro. Myers' addresses: "The Old and the New 
Testaments are very closely related. The New is in the 
Old concealed; the Old is in the New revealed. The 
Christian church originated with Christ. Three periods 
were noted, — infancy, childhood and maturity, or as 
beautifully pictured.—' The. ChUfch jp Bud, the Church in 



Blossom, and the Church in Fruit.' The church is be- 
trothed to Christ, and how necessary to keep herself pure, 
as a bride adorned for her husband. She should not have 
her affections elsewhere. It is a good thing for the 
church to be in the world, but not good for the world to 
be in the church. Wc do well to stay in service and in 
practice with the early church. There is a growing 
tendency to worldliness in the church, which is not con- 
ducive to power. The church must keep herself in purity 
and power." 

Sister Cora Stahly, of North Manchester, arrived on 
Thursday evening from Southern 'Ohio Normal and 
had charge of the music. This period was always a 
preparation for the next lecture and by no means the 
least interesting or inspiring. This is the third year Sister 
Stahly has been instructor at our Institute and her work 
in former years, in- many of the churches, makes her 
services greatly appreciated. Mary L. Cook, Secretary. 

406 North Washington Street, Lima, Ohio. Jan. 1. 



NOTES BY THE WAY 

My last notes were written after leaving our work in 
Virginia, which, upon the whole, was pleasant. Some of 
the work in the mountainous regions was rather laborious, 
as all traveling on foot generally is. This made it very 
strenuous, especially on wife, but they did their best to 
provide transportation in buckboards,— as much so as was 
possible. We are very grateful for all favors shown and 
are sure that all did their best to make our stay and 
work among them pleasant. We feel and know that wc 
are none the worse by the experience, physically and 
morally. Once more we realize the truthfulness of the 
adagf, " One-half of the people do not know how the 
other half lives." 

We are very thankful to our Heavenly Father for his 
protecting care, and for having us feel a greater interest 
in all classes, — no matter what their environments arc. 
Were some of us, who have had better surroundings, edu- 
cational advantages and parental training, placed as these 
arc, for a space of time, perhaps we would learn the les- 
son of forbearance, and we would exercise a greater de- 
gree of charity toward those who are weak and sickly 
among us. These people need teaching; so do we all need 
the same treatment. 

Those tried and faithful churches of the Shenandoah 
Valley arc surely united in their work. Their territory 
is well worked and they arc constantly at it. We surely 
enjoyec^ our stay in those old established homes of faith- 
ful men and women of God. The family altar is not 
neglected, and reverence to God and affection toward each 
other, as true disciples of Jesus, were a wonderful uplift 
to a traveling evangelist. 

We enjoyed a very pleasant two-weeks' visit with our 
children and friends, near South English and North En- 
glish, Iowa. We met with those two congregations nine 
different times in their houses of worship. The North 
English church recently enjoyed a very rich feast in a re- 
vival meeting, conducted by Bro. Jarboe, of Lincoln, Ncbr. 
Some thirty or more were added by baptism. They sure- 
ly were much revived. We hope for their future pros- 
perity in Jesus' name. Eld. John Brower has charge of 
the work at the South country church, and Eld. Daniel 
Miller has charge of the North English work. They have 
faithful men in the ministry to help them. 

We took leave of them Dec. 18. and are now pleasantly 
domiciled in our home in Girard, III., assisting in the 
work here. We may also assist the Virden members, to 
some extent, as their former pastor, Eld. D. F. Warner, 
is now at Dayton, Ohio, as pastor of the West Dayton 
church. Since Sept. I Eld. Isaac Crist has looked after 
their spiritual wants, but left last Tuesday for Florida, 
as I see in the Messenger, to spend the winter. He has 
a son in that State. 

May God send showers of blessings upon the work of 
the church everywhere during 1917! May his people not 
lack in thankfulnessl M. Flory. 

Girard, III., Jan. 6. 



THE PASSING OF ELDER J. J. TROXEL 

Eld. J. J. Troxel was called to his reward Dec. 26, 1916, 

after an illness of two weeks. He was born in Tippecanoe 

County, Ind., April 9, 1849, being 67 years. 8 months and 

17 days old at the time of his death. 

He united with the Church of the Brethren at the age 
of twenty, and was elected to the ministry Oct. 22. 1876. 
at a communion meeting held at William Roberson's. near 
Winfield, Kans., in the Silver Creek church. He moved 
from there to Missouri, where he was ordained elder in 
1886. He moved to Conway Springs. Kans.. in June, 1901. 
where he resided until the time of his death. He labored 
with the Conway Springs church over fifteen years. 

He was known by nearly every one of his community, 
and his loving disposition made him a friend of everyone. 
He loved his church work and there was no sacrifice too 
great for him to make in advancing the cause of Christ. 
He never accumulated wealth, for his time was mostly 
spent in looking after the welfare of others. His dis- 
tinguished service to humanity makes us all his debtors. 
None knew him but to love him, and the people who knew 
him best were his staunchest friends and most ardent ad- 
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44 



THAT "PROBABILITY" 

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?;.' :r;° f';^"° ^"""-""^'^ -e„"dtr.;:Ar„ ; :" 

<lit.on to that, the park, some distance farther can hr .,t : 

':n^s:\":r:,fose who ;°,7hrir ,?■■'■ "" ""^"'^ '■">-" 
-■n be provird:i.°hTrt'rZ t';hr?:fs°'''''^ ^'--^ 

fcrTcd ,o°3;'r '7"^ *" ""^ ^"SSCStion, above rc- 

wcwn,t::L;,rste''^f:eer '^^"^ "T^"' "" ""' 
iJicrr Ti.« , ^'■^"'& 3'^^'^s and acres of autos 

but in. sections from on end o °, c'larto"?,'"" T,"" "' 
.hese^da.s of ,ood ,ra„s-cot.,:.'r;"ro':r ' cime "• I'";,: 

.vonr ^Cds"TLe":i,|^c roor'fo"rT"'" ""' """■ 

ad^r.S'ri'S" is™'t ^'°"^;''^ '■- -^ 

of this department' '"°"' '^-"•; "I- '•- charge 
J- b. Gabcl, 

Lincoln, Ncbr.,j'rHr917°"^""""'"^"-^-- 







—sister Blanrho r)i>mi.»...,i „ 



7 ^. •^' "°*J returned home Jnn fi i,. „ r-'""" '" "ps 

<ter Blanche Dumbnuld, Fernnid Iowa Jn„ r""" ^''"<""°"- 

on"Sre^?ro/ie^- S^^'i^' "^ ^^P*-- I»-. can. to n. 
series of meetine/ BuLs all tC^tr"'f "^l'"^ """ ""ade for « 
Christmas exercises. and%''bVextrem!r.'^i',"/'''**V"^^ Planning for 
B<?t a conffregation we decfdJl fn ti "^ ""^''^ " Impossible to 
future. He eav« „, fl„„ „".!,1. J" '''°«« '"«tU sometime In tlie 



r sermons, 



future. He gave i 

fOuncU and clecfpil n». -i... ". — "Z. •"-'•"""a. u^ 

«Uo ™n,l/„»a e„e,8?„VJ''"' rr^'.^'" "" " - ■- 

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«nr, ,vH], the„„ae„,„'„a7„«-'(J»%^«» "eiirea '»■■ ">» eomla, 
■pcond jonr'a service. Be Is comlnr-Vr.. t , ,S Preference for tin 
Jriixwell, loiva, J„„. g"'' ™"""C March ], 1017._Ann n. Troii,, 

Ollnm„.a._o„r pastor, raj.^s. w. Oarber, was ehiicl awn 



Rldse.- 

.Mary E. Teeter, 



■ SiiiKia: 



MINNESOTA 



J 



. Mill 



Miriy 



.. . ^... uei, ,vas called away froii 
ills companion. Eld. Abraiian: 



"nT "' ''"'■■"«"' l'»8 Inkcn lip the woricT 

Snnth K»ok,ik church ni.t i„ . '' 

s"cm"''is"'n,l.°'"' "" ,■""■ »>■!« '.r a'i^r-v'ar "a'n'd 'k '"-'r"'"- 

■■^"ellJ Is the superintendent of our 4,,„.i ' , '' "'"■ °- "■ 

ov. M. AH, "!„,;!;,!; Simclay-school. We held 



8 prcsidiiii; 




c«ho MISSOURI 

Ere" C.°aBoB!iVt";V^^h°o"m ',,"",■ i™'.'''''- '■ '^- Harns pros 
Meetlne, Mro. Waller nelinl *''""' " •''» Christian Worker. 

Snnday a,",,,^' SbS'S LlTI^ -"»»" P«aeS'„;!";f>, 

Drvfopk— n., r-i 1 i. "'• Cnbool, Mo., Jim S 

e-ree^e^-pTo"' „S 'ifrhir"'" T ^'■"""^-'■ohool re „lc red „ 
,11,1 .,-.. ..L'"''™.'" '» a hirge and attentive renucred .n 



celiei 



5 enjoyed by 
I eh' 



I by 






Christinas and pi,n/i m" — ' i"'='iur, jjro. !•: 
Iilfendeat, .Slst^^^^^i^rli^^reeii'^^Sd."- '"■°^""' 



X.Mi.'K;rwir„saiTo.V- 

s: ^i-rw;rSdre;rer;7Jo"°M'ei';'§a',„"sTs ird"""- ;'"° 



"iperlntendei 



..iperlntendent, and Bro' Roile'n Crl?"" °i»'"' " Snnday-seht 



diSreVfnTplrlnf »";'"»";■ ■" "'""'■ "» cbT.,;, Ind con 
heglnnln, dTc.'^^ "/, " »,'. J«''"g.> at the Oner'iaS'hore: 

"""' ""ir"".;- ..■^»"' were"b^./,1,°ed-Ne'^,° K^?,.»I«^» "",'- 



••-■ .- ...endive; ^^JJe H^^ '^^ Srj-"S^t 
Wenee, also condacten Bible l'-"-?'":"'.""' —•■"-■■ 



r' a''i°t'.°^ t!'" '!»>'. which 
- j,,n. ju. "^^ SIckler, R. D. 10, Rcy- 

Chlea|o^erme~to"„ Z""'", ^nn^"'^''' °' """"■'y Bible School 
■ -'■ ""1 n^^ehed on Saturday evenlns; 



Bible Inslitnl. 



"1 me inclement weather the n i.„ 

™„';'cii''"" '""' ""'"i^" SnS; 



ls:S"r?^-'i>-'- sii^si^^i 



!,„., "■ ''1°" "lieinted, assisted bv Hro 1.1 >. ,. -- =■■ "'-. 

?» ...""'i'™ "" Thankseivinc n„, > i, ' ^ofman. We 
er.,,' °°°"»' "'«"»" Bo., S" Ss,,;) ' ""'S'-e was taken 
terestlns: program on Chrislmn, 1' ^"";'''^"l«"'l Save an in- 
nre'l°'i ^'""'" Clt.v, were wilh [is „°,' ','■ "'' '''ntsi Bail 
p eaeheil at II o'clock and nluo i„ n., ' ''^^rday. Era. Lent-/ 
llama, Bichiand, Iowa, Jan. s "cnlas.^rijcn,,,, ,,.„. 

K „ KANSAS 

„.S T..""^ (Central Avenne Chiirci,! „■ , 

week with a Christmas proeram \l-^! \~^^' '"e-i" •'" hoHdav 

talions by the children and Venn, i ," "'"'"s Servl.e." reel- 

l?ZT±^, '"".^'^ »""' S?vlni' „:|/J;7,"'; •"«' "l™ " 'ahleiiii 
01 me country chnpf^imo i,„.i „._^ V "^ S"'*> to the Kinir Xr..,^^ 
ibbits, » 



"^li^T^"," "^'^"ent lesson 
elected our officers for 

Society also elected'offlcer's 



the "Spirit of Giv 



Bro. Enrl Ham 
Slound church 



s president.— Alma Gn 



Christia 
wood, Ciirthag 



We decided to cont 
"'"11-, ior another year Kenn 
of"tire''S!"J'';-^"^'"'"^^"'''^"ts, 



- ...- Christian ^Worken 

lade thelp report Tho .^i^r"^ "ieujoer 



s and Merle 
'.vlvia Deiirdo 



illectfon for oi 
y--, for the suppoi 
supporting, is beii 



itten"dnnc;";;:;rs"„T„s y^^i 



".1 uCTu omenvise. c 
our elder, Bro. Lnfav^..,. 

"° ("so with us. One letter of member^Mrt,'-., "'"■ .°"^' 
- - ■iLiiiuersiiip Hiis received. 



.........,.,, Dec. 30, ive niei in 

Steele, presiding. Bro. Sla- 



"nuKU Has Qiso with u 

'"Perlnteadents. and Bro CnS S?" ""'"' Sun- 
ana Bro. Carson Weaver president 

tha 



"f the Christian Work-o.^' «. "*!. ' Carson Weaver nres 

dered a rrosr.m „rchriaE'ff„.'";^, '^""^"l" "'»'"" 



w"V"«S^- ""■ °- "• ""Cune was' selected 'rf n" "'"■ ""«'' 

^^^r-e.KrB;o"Tery?e*:Ed^:-'i>--?^^^ 
cifltJ.Tir^'f "■ ■"■ H.™«" »^ o'rl-li'i'e ISL^Slj;- 

waa"w'tr!ir?,tderaJn'efe?a"s°ert';'e°w," ?"' "'""' " '^''l'""'. 
"""■'' — «nich wnc n,. Inspiration 



s^=^:^=«^'^'' 



;. , , " '"t^inng for i 
inlley, Mo., Jan. S. 



Brethren P, i 
sometime this fail.— Tlllk 



' the Chrisl 
Fike and Hi 
n ev.nugelisi 



1 Fric 



ifnyette Steele, 



. Ja 



I'libmit Vn''? ^° «'e Hospltal^agShl 

■iiomlt to an operation for appen 

'" JJ"?!. 's Improving at thli 



(Ileitis. He 

M. S Morris,' R.^D. TNorUrub^erty.^rnd ' j"' f^'^'"'' 

8«Lunonl« church has secured FI.l t Z T 
pastor. He, with bli fnm y hfi^'.^^- T" ; ^''"^''- «f Marlon, 
nnd began his work wur^Jrir^L.^''''''^ '° *>'« ''ongregat 
of North Manchester College "as «lth' ''""■> ^"^ Mission fiind 

tVKd?y.T£„T"s?;>,-s^^B^^^^ 

;ondllrfp,T n^ o.._^-.. "''^'^'."'^ndeDt. InstnllnH,,^ s_ ^ 



Kr^v^crSv?;^ eSef ^"; 



deaj mutes ot La"wr 



.irflee for the other mutes In iho 

taught a class nf „, " ; t''^ "'■■uiaj-scilool room rr 

• ' ""'ssi't^^K-'d'-r?''" 



departed from our nvilni •■•""* ""^ 
Christmas proEram ■ ^"^t""! of - 

ing of Dec •>/ oftL, "^, ^^^'^" ^^' "^''^ Sun 
_.h .>.."^c. .4, nfter jvhich the Intermedi 



NEBRASKA 

... -" ..iv-t 111 council Jan 
clinrge. Bro. Moore was c 
Hopwood, Sunday-school 



, L r- ^**P'<' groceries r ' 
*•■" needy fan 



reeiecteil Sanday-schooi laoi'?^,"";- '^"'- =«"!• Heaslm wn^ Crn k >vi^ ""f Pastor, Eld. P. E 
™« "Pluctea o'n Sa'a^ v.Tec'M'Sl'ili '"S"""""" se°rvrces Si'at Ci^rtstiS'a^Wo ,^""?»'— """I 
ten Zook, Huntington, Ind:, J?„. s.' '" ='"■ J- W. Norris.-Hamp R. I. StrertL" wT"?!"?: J'"''''"'! 



Christian 



instnilation servrces"veJ|pp*iiV 



Is makes"se^"e"^ t*l 
ys. Bro. .Tarboe i 



.-^o.i:rsZiS?t^rS:,^^- 

Santa Fe.— Bro. 0. C Bifo „* '*, « 
"n excellent Thanksgiving sermnn Somerset church, gave »s 

Tt" ^i.S?,'"^', Bro''S''Jf%"»{»'«'" " wuh'ou "ei^r "S?'" 



anointed, and 
Sunday-school offlcert 
Bohn as euperinleode 

Sooth Wh](I(.r MisBlo 
JjJ^Eh presiding. Our 



■'"""'•■"•i, nntt Kro. Perrv 
brother and sister. The^ 
vns reclaimed. Snnda 



■■ Webb, Bunker Hill, lud.f Ja" 



with uo ou a. 
Firmer Snydei 



' bell 



■. Bro. Geo. 
' In 



"Ith Rid. s. S. 
rt. couMnot be 
meeting. Bro. 



s;;uT'Hli";eT Sh,fSr\?i,|-^."--l.ool ...peri^^id; 

Onion church ■""■ S"""" Whltlfy. " m JaT 5" '"' 

"?m"i°'l?'' '■'"■ S°May'^sc°ho"o?oro';frT "" Christmas Eve. We 

rind\ri-/."i"L«"4s!.%^i°rsr„rSih?r's'£ 



ln.t.„;dl.sTSd'.7"B°r'"''r'°'' ^ 

rival meeting beglnnini^?- '11' "'■-' -...1 us lo , 

Plvmoalh .„^''T?-"i'e Jan. 28.-D.ra A, Henricks R° £ 



Blair Ch-.,'^"''"' Sunday-school ,i,,e ■'„;,."■■ "■■" '=■ '■ 

R T StieS'T ^''"'■"'"' P««lae° t.-J rs ; "[""I: "I'" '""t"' 

J. street, Lawrence, Kaas Jan 3 I'-vc-rhart, in-'t 

f„r't?"°" "'e'lilerls Congregntlonl' r,.„ - 

fh "''""Iny-sehool. Sister Grace ii;,..- ■'" "nperlateadeiit of 

M^e Christian Workers' 'sS'la'J'Zi 'Ssf ";',"'i,""»"l'"t »' 
''"°- ^■'- • ^'""r t^jirst, Madison Kans 

thf^"w^hUe'°S'l °s'er'v1?e"'^'^?l <;'-■""- '"»--. - observed 
fel'oorro rSr"dep.7t{e'f ""'"-- '"- "S!:^ £!ST 

Sgye'ar\^S'lH~""^^^^^^^ 

Sister DelKV'U' Jj^--|j °£ --^^ti^J^,,::- ™- 

.iructlve lect'lrreVlrr'r-S-'Ku",™";"?"- '"'"«"ng and 1„- 

j-t L".",-,>" '^.'^;[^^i^p'^'"s^;s,S';!^, j-» 

~ '.^J:".'.^ "s some startling facts of 



■Meek, of Octavia \> 
follows: Eld. Meek 
school Superlntenden 



Omcei 



preceding Easter. 'Eld'^Meck ^rl1,f i^"1'^ ' 
both morning and evening w/n-i'''' "-' 
US.-M1SS Esther Rasp, 210-14 KeelinI Bui 

NEW MEXICO 



Miami < 



ing Sunday 



r .ind II. M. Coin 
ic<i. Our Sundav-sch, 
' Bro. C. E. Metzger 






' the 



)mmunity," 



Jan 



---. ...^wiug oeginnln 
Plymouth. Ind.. Jan 5 

i^ec. Ji. to hold n rbi-u. ^» _ ^.r-^°- 



"■ "'. 10 hold a serieH nf t,„^h ~~, "—^ "■ - ^.^,.,..,„„ 

:;;7^'L7!;i' r"".."» He"'e^;i'i"d"no't" s^tX"' -"I '^''^ 



fin„ 1 ■* ""* ""ith us. He 
Ings closed Jan. 7, with n fT.n 

i-^o ror Blay 24. nl a n \t ."^ "^ ■ "iir lov 



- M. It , 



.It a ,^^^ "nnonnced for May ; 

J ■~''"'" '■'Williams R n -"WV,,; - . .-. 

,«?»"•• Church held a Thanksf,;," "'""""«""• '"J.. Ja 

K «e mpf In ^ ,. lu.iK. un Thanksgiving 






»-^:;i>rr?.s'tff5EitS' *r«?^^ ■ 

ar. Christian w — 1.__., . "':''"-r. «as re^leete 



Walant. Dec 9j « >. 'na., Jan. 2. 

— • d the;eV»',„'g'".e?;';S°«„--ice Thlj^' mVm"ht's'",'lS 

l.« of North Manchester Colleee'"'"."'^'" "">■ "o" 
;« a well-mied house A n, mh.' P™''''! «n inspiring 

'Tti '»"'"••' Study Cla." We °.reT l?""*' W' 

" SoA.-Sac"';!'' ="•, ""'•"'■■™ s"„'ii'rg'Ji°„^'.srr' 

el Bl,.r.-We have iu.l el! '..'"'''""°"°''' '""■ ^"<- »■ 
'J"'}."''l'* » .""St Intere-.tin, 



Ja„;-,i;-- •■'■'tefuiness.-Sister Denfah A. MaxcyMorr'ni , 

Parsons. — On Siinflnw ^ i ' "' 

eScS, °s;n!,"''"*»'"'""«"a?i^„'n ■'lie";,;;. '=/„<■■ J «■ Sherfy , 
ers. Bro Si!!.^'/*^''""' ""** Christian WorkprB^ .^^^ ne"ly-e|p, 
gnnl»H'o°;.t'";','> "e=d °" »«™pt toward „°"";r "'"! "■* 
the church's "^"^ eooperatlon among the Perfect 

tlon by each offlcer'an'li'?'"'!"" P"Paratloi, and'Tr oiip','""'":" 
Parsons, Kans" Ja„! '™"'"-J'>lIa C. Joac' .Svj'Z, ","" ! 

Sabetha church mot t^ 
presiding, aasUtc/i L ^ council Dec. 7 with pm i. , 
d.y-scho',;i°oTcers ??r 1h°e ?»''f'^"'"". We ';t,^ „ ;^^'"' 
ner a, superintendent inr S"" ^"'■' ^^'th Er„ 1,°; ^ 
After Jan. I we will h?JL .?''°''»J'-«chooi Is nn/Z^llJ ^ 

Ssr'r'eS' onfh ^'''" ^"'"p" -ISi'^nd: V''" ''''™ 
(hi-ri „..__;:. "°®_ """s accepted Christ and was l ti"''^ " 



an<I „^.. .. „„u„^r 01 nro 
' tliem.- Mrs. E. D. Deeter 

NEW YORK 

ur church me^ in counril i 
r pastor, Bro. Walter Knh 
r outlook for the coniiiig 

■"^^ conducted by Bro. j.'^ 
eiiliig, looking forward \o i' 



third number"nf "f^ J"-'*^*' 

|venln/ jS^' j"! *The'lecr- ^""■ 

s.-.,-. ..A^^J^'^t^r^ Will be deliveml by 



;■'■="•"«. Jan. 13 
Kurtz, of McPhei 



K,ns.-Mrs."^o°h'nSers!!Lt 



1 l^alii 



conducted th 
Gwong. also 



Dee. 28. 

Vordlgrl. church met in eo„t„ii ., 
Bro. S. E. !,.„„ eontlLes as^hl";'- =«■ "' ""' """"try hous 
" In charge. n,„ r firkin 



Most of th 

and Interest were fin. i> ■ 

mejuge, were SplrU miS,'"- ''S . 

Jtobr BntterbauJh "./"J-'- _»'"'- l«uched 



'Sifg. ?„-d £i° ?»-'"»"s,': 



«; j' ""'"^^ continues as p],i»,. („ Z ' '' "'^ country 

West Wichita church met I 
Bul'n'^\-i'„'"' Christian Worker." offi'"'^'' ^'''^"J'' Jan. 5. 
i^aroif/^nl'^^fiV''*"^^''*^''^^""'", 



presiding. Bro. M.'V. "HniTn'n^' 
year, but as Bro. nii/rmau -I., 
for the winter, Bro J DenI «-a 
very grateful to Bro. Deal for t 
hie School, to help us alone 1 
■few in niitnho^ «?„ , , ^ ' 



. Ulery's effortb. wni 
ch meets every Tuesday nigli 

,J!'.„^'-Vt-'',J^''^ helpfnl oddn 
mm, ,.,JU Fifth Avenue, Brool 

NORTH DAKOTA 



special praye 



Shir) 



"w.« was favorablp""^^^ ""'" ^^c.'si. 

i?"-.nr^l'„ct'd"frr''"'«"^"'M' 



Kid- Frant'z was "hosen^ "'"' P""'''l'ii ov 

ership ot Bro".°Ed'v.'r!i"w ';„''°'"'= ''P'«n<'U wmk 'unde'r''M,''i'T''",' 



-Iva Smoot. Rock Lake. Nl'^Dak'J'^jJn^" 

were granted. Our elder, Bro Vi t\x^ 
"lis reelected for the coming " 
to support an Indin wor 



t by the 



-luby Bntt«rbaneh'hBrt"V.».„' ' 

baptized. We. a? .'"b''„d'y''Tw: v'.',; 7"f ""'-■ Se'^en „.,„ 
work,,,. ,eei g„.llr .trenjthened 



e Mission Board, to nil tho'r.'r.,' 



' Appointments Sal 



each Thursday' rvenir.- „ .7~ " ■^^"""■cn. is 

-".™ North Ma?.'l'rn°^!cK:'£n".!7a" 



inch enjoyed by nn / 

-St Side r- - 

^e Book of nom»nB"_»7^ 



Sunday evcning:-:Eisre"Lnrsen, uowi.pii. X n k T 

intendent of tim 'ci...,iU ^ ected older, and rirn. Wi'l.ii vi,no, 
starkweather, NDak['''5>„"J°°'-""- "' '^- f '■'"». R. ll 3. 
we'alh'er' n^""' "f.' '" """":" Jan. 2. Giving lo fl,„ i., . 

,h. counel, was postponed one we°el '°or ^'^S', 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 20, 1917 



iiiLil. Bro. D. S. Petry 

ictMiInra of the dilTerent 
ed our teachGrs (or the 
. Hilton preached a very 
Surrey, N. Dnk., Jan. 8. 









of 1 



) do t 



^^'e hiivt b 
111 of Broth 

V liiis siirTerod accord in Rly. The Da . __.. 

r tiDs been unable 

tuke ui) tlie work liere. We have all the problems of a city 
Held and need wise iind judicious leadership.— John R. Snyder, 800 
Nprth Main Street, Bellefontaine, Ohio, Dec. 28. 

Canton City church met in council Jan. 5, Eld. W. D. Kellar pre- 
siding. Since our Iti&t report four certificates of mentbership have 
been received. On Sunday, Dec. 24, an appropriate Christmas 
program was rendered by the children In the elementary depart- 



Wednesday night.— S. Catherine Carrier. R. D. 3, Coyle, Okla., Jar 

Red River church met iu council Dec. 28. with out elder, Br< 
A. G. Fillmore, present. We had a good meeting. Cup old offl 
i-ers were retained. Sunday-school was postponed till the flrs 
April. The committee that was appointed to get a mlnlste 



and Interestingly presented, 



to hold a series of meet!; 
had their time taken up. 
cleaned up the graveyard.- 



\Ve stayed nil day at the church, an 
-Etta Nill. Frederick, Okla., Jan. 7. 



A. Sell and F. C. Dlvely w 



, presiding. Bro. Boyd was elected as our elder; 
iibnkor, Sunday-school superintendent; Bro. Ln- 
ristlan Workers' president; Bro. J. R. Pltzer. 
; Junior League. On Sunday evening, Dec. 31, 



-Rae Boyd Brubaker, 11. D. 1. Cordell, Okla,. 

PENNSYLVANIA 

held on Saturday, Jan. 8. Elders J. 
present. Eld. Sell presided. 



reelected 

Weyant was elected president of our Christian Workers. Sunday- 
school officers were previously clioaen, with Bro. Taylor Dlvely 
as superintendent. Our pastor, Bro. D. G. Dlehm. and nearly all 
of our -church and Sunday-school offlcera and teachers are young 
people. Our pastor is much esteemed by the general public, and 
is popi\iar with the young people. We iiave a large, flour- 
ishing, evergreen Sunday-school. Nearly nil the scholars are 
I splendid. 



Meeting at Schubert. . _ 

Meyer gave some Illustrated talks, which 
and greatly appreclated.~H. M. Frantz, Rehrersburgj Pa., Jan. 8. 
I^st Creek congregation met la council Dee. 30. Our elder, 
Bro. Geo. Strnwser, was present, but by his request, Bro. John 
K. Rowland acted as moderator. Nine letters were granted to 
congregation, and living 



Good Will Sunday-school. Bro. Carney has been our Snnday- 

._, ._. . . . . ^ different times, 

>ut the Sunday- 



1 superintendent for twenty j 



1 Insists on his services and thereby t 
The church, by unanimous 



Willia and the i 



-cted Christian 



Workers' president for the Good Will i 
McAIlatervlIle, Pa., Jan. 3. 

Morihoreck chwrch met In council Jan, 0, with Eld. Albert 
llolllnger presiding. Four certl&cntea were granted and one 
received. Our love feast will be held May 20 and 27. We will 
have two series of meetings this year, one at the Marshcreek 
house, beginning Aug. 18, with Bro; D. K. Clapper to do the 
prenclilng, and the other at the Mummasburg house, to begin the 
everting of Oct. 21. The fall love feast will be at the Mar^h- 
creek house, Oct. 20 and 21.— Ida M. Lightner, Gettysburg, Pa.. 



Bro. Ben Sheets was rei^lected Sunduy-i 



hlidn 



giv. 






, of BrookvlIIe, Ohio, will locate here In the near future.— 
liss) Etiiel FItsimons, College Corner, Qliio, Jan. 8. 
Greenville. — We are beginning a revival meeting at our place, 
ith Eid, D, R. McFadilen doing the prenshing. The meetings 
began with a full house and good interest. We had a singing 






and a few 



bui 



Ohio, Jan. 0. 

Ilurrls Creek.— Bro, J. L, Mahon, of Marlon, lud., closed a four 
weeks' series of meetings Dec. 24. He preached many soul-stirring 
ersonal call: 
Thirty were 

ship, Ave of whom were previously baptized. Dec. 31 our congre- 
gation met in council with Eld. J. C, Bright omciating. The ad- 
joining eiders were called. Three letters were received. Brother 
and Sister Edward Miller were installed in the second degree 
of the ministry. Brother and Sister Rudolph Kollopeter were in- 
stalled into the deacon's ofllce.- Ruth Mack, R. D. 2, Covington, 
Ohio, Jan, 6. 

Llina church met in council with Bro. G. A. Snider presiding. 
Bro. Snider was chosen as eider for the coming year, and Bro. 
Jesse Miller as Sunday-school superintendent. Brethn 



, Me* 



and G. 



-Mr; 



D. M. 









rendered a ChrJ 



;o the program with great enthu; 
Bro. Vim B. Wright was with us, and gave the children ; 
talk. Afterward we treated tlie little folks. On Thursday 
28, we held our council. Bro. V'^right presided. We have : 
people's meeting ami prayer meeting every Sunday night.- 



leld by our pastor, Bro. Van B. Wright, in tl: 

which is looked forward to and enjoyed by all 
. Gornion, Seaman. Ohio, Jan. 0. 
i church enjoyed n pleasant council Jan. 9, Ou; 



ichool superintendem 
triet Meeting. Two 
Muss just closed a 



of meetings, beglun 



strengthened and encouraged. 



■ Moaa led the 
-Mrs. Ada Whitman, Prairie Depot, Ohio, Jan. 11. 

Hass church met in council Jan. 6, our eider, Bro. J. J 
rie, presiding. Bro. A. Coll was elected Sunday-school ; 
tendent for the coming year. Bro. Guthrie is delegate to 
Meeting, with Br( 



: Mendow.- (Mrs.) Gertrude E. 



■ elder for anothei 
Gift4irie titled tlie M. E. 
Guthrie, Spencerville, Ohio, Jan. 8. 

Rrtisli Creek churoii met In council Dec. 30, at the home of 
Levi Stoner. Eld. E. B. Bagwell presided. One letter of i 
bershlp was received. We reorganized our Sunday-school 
Bro. Cleo Bagwell as superintendent. Jan. 4 the f -^ - ■ " 
: and reorganized f 



Stoi 



sident; Slater Lillie Adcoek, Vice-Pr 



with Sister I 



, Secretary and Treasurer, and Sister Lizzie Bagwell, 
Superintendent. — Llllle Adcoek, Bremen, Ohio, Jan. 6. 

Sidney. — On the evening of Jan. i we met in members' meeting. 
One letter of membership was granted. Bro. .John Oldham was 
appointed delegate to the State Temperf 



pastor for the fiscal year beginning St-p- 
tember. 1017: On Sunday morning, Jan. 7, we held a special 
instAIIatiou service of the ofiieers and teachers for the new 
year, at wliich time Bro. Warner delivered a very forceful ad- 
dress. A Mission Study Class has been organized with Urn. 
McPher.son as leader, and with a good enrollment. A church 
history class, in charge of Bro. Grove, will begin work in u 
few weeks.— Dayton K. Brubaker, 28 Cyrus Street, Dayton, Ohio. 

OKLAHOMA 
Klk City church met In counclJ Dec. 10. with our elder, Bro. 
i'llzer, presiding. Bro. Pitzer was retained as elder. Five young 
men were received into tiie church by confession and baptism 
Jan. 7, as the fruits of a series of meetings in this congregation 
by our home minister,- Elizabeth E. Byeriy, Elk City, Olsla., Jan. 

I'tu-adUe Prairlo ch 
n. Wolfe, presiding. 
On Sunday. Dec. 3, Bro. C. S. Garber, of St. Joseph. Mo., began a 
verv interesting and instructive series of meetings, of three weeks' 
duration. On Tuesday morning, Dec. fl. Bro. Noah Albrigiit. from 
Iowa, and Sister ftlae Albright, of St. Joseph, Mo„ c 



Klahr, Pa., Jan. 11. 



. teachers for tlje Sunday-school wore elected Dec, 31, — Si 



'elected presiding elder for another ; 
bided to have our elder send us a preaclter from IFnlontown every 
other Sunday, to preach for us, as Bro. A. Debolt is atiU in 
poor health, and also to Secure, If possible, a pastor. Bro. ,T. 
W. Debolt was elected Sunday-school superintendent, nnd Bro. 
J. P. Merryman, president of the Christian Workers' Meeting.— 
Sarah Townsend, Masontown, Pa., Jan. 8. 

Cermantown. — Bro. George W. Flory, of Covington, Ohio, will 
begin a series of meetings la this church on Sunday, Feb, 4. 
Our Christian Workers' Meeting has -pledged itself to support 
an orphan in China for 1017. We mention this to encourage other 
Societies to do the same. — M. C. Swigart, 6011 Oermantown Avc- 
iine, Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 9. 

Hnnover church met In council with our elder, Bro. Daniel 
Bowser, of York, presiding. Since the last report, two letters of 
membership were received and one was granted. Bro. D. T. Forry 
was reelected superintendent of our Sunday-school, and the writer 
was elected president of the Christian Workers. The committees 
on Temperance, Missions, and Child Rescue Work showed marked 
progress and were reappointed. We decided to organize a tencii- 
er-training class. The date for our love feast is May 6,— J. B. 
Myers, 410 Locust Street, Hanover, Pa., Jan. 5. 

HummelBtown. — Nov. 2fl a number of the brethren and sisters 
and friends met at tlie church, which was recently dedicated, for 
r of organizing a Sunday-school, The Sunday-school 



I the school Jni 



nlzed by the Spring Creek 



ouncll Jan. D, Bro. J. H. Cassady 



were present. The 
Sunday-schools iiave 
bright 



being insignificant. The secretary of church 
eetings wlio loses track of minutes, and falls to transcribe them 
the minute-book, should be called before the council. Bro. 
issady also urges the coitperation of every church i 



B duty. We should be ready t 



important. A mai 
Sunday. He is sor 
is busy collecting f 



(- the India Hospltal.- 



Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 10. 
ncoster.— We wish I 
ks to the Sisters' Aid Society of the Annville church for t 
clothing and wearing apparel which they have so kindly 



1 and heartfelt 



distributed among the needy ones of our city, and thantvfully 
received. On Sunday. Jan. 7, both morning and evening, the 
pulpit was filled by Bro. S. C. Miller, of Chicago. He gave an 
excellent dlscou . . ~ 



the world.— Leah N. Phllllpy, 227 
.'aster. Pa., Jan. 10. 

Lowistown. — Dec. 28 the church met i 
Swigart presiding, Bro, Swigart ' 



OfHcerS were elected for the local Sunday-school Convention, held 
semiannually. We decided to hold our love feast Jan. 14, We 
were delayed in the fall, with our love feast services, on account of 
the church extension. Dee. 19 a special council was called for the 
installing of an elder, and the caiUng of three deacons. Eld. W. S. 

Vltoonn 

d ofBci! 

ed Into the eldership. Bro. Lawrence Zook and wife. 

I Shotzberger and wife, and Bro. Tolbert Fllson and 



Lewlstown, Pa., Jan. 
Taylor, presiding. 



» the deacon's ofllce. — Mrs. Mary 1 



had a short Cbrlatm 



moving along nicely. Our membership at present Is 185.— Floren.'e 
B. Gibbel, Lltitz, Pa.. Jan. 5. 

Little Swatara.— A two days' Bible Institute was held in our 
i'hurch at the Frystown house Jan. 5 to 7. Brethren D. C. Reber 
ind Jacob G. Meyer, of Kllzabethtown, Pa., were with us. The 



attendance i 
Some, of t 



i topic's discussed > 



of the I 



'■ The Bible." 



"The Church," 



nlzed : 



tendent.— Bessie Fyock, R. D. 1, Rochester Mills, Pa., Jan. 10. 
—The Missionary Committee rendered a program at 
New Year's Eve. A collection of ?11.21 was lifted.— 
;r, Pa., Jan. 4. 

2. Our pastor, Bro. G. 



this place c 

Phares J. Forney, Lni 

Plumcreok church met In co 
K. Walker, was reelected for another year. Since enlarging and 
remodeling our church, we rededicated It Dec. 17. We have eight 
Sunday-school rooms. These rooms can be thrown open (or 
Special services, by menus of rolling doors. Dr. C. C. Ellis, of 
Juniata College, preached the dedicatory sermon. During the day 
we raised by cash and pledges the entire debt of the church. We 
iiad a short series of m*tlngs. Dec. 14, 15 and 10, ending in tlie 
lovfl feast on Sunday evening, Dec. 17. Four were baptized,— 



jing the parables. 



: with a large attend- 



ly. We t 

West Marshall, Noi 

Raven Run church met In council Jan. C, Eld. S. I. Brumbaugh 
presiding. The Sisters' Aid Society paid ^ on the debt of the 
church. It was decided to have a series of meetings In the fall. 
Sunday-school ofllcers were elected for 1(117, with Bro, Fred 
Hoover, superintendent.— (Miss) Martha Brumbaugh, R. D. 1. 
Sa.Yton, Pa,, Jan. 8, 

Roaring Sprlnu.— On Christmas the " Wiiltc Gifts for the King." 
comprising a double service for morning and evening, was ren- 



aud young people participated In the program. The real meaning 
of service for the Master was vividly portrayed In every act. The 
offerings of food and home-made eatables were sold by the Aid 
Society on Saturday before Christmas, the proceeds, amounting 
to %8i, being applied to the church funds. Donations were also 
made to the elck and poor of the church. The Sunday-school will 
hold a mls^slonary meeting In the near future, iu charge of the 
missionary secretary,- Elizabeth Baractt, Roaring Spring, Pa., 



the Scalp Level house, with ou 
siding. Two letters were rece 
Replogle, was reelected for nno 
reorganized' Dec. 10, with Bro. 1 
poor people of our community 



uperlntendent. The 



were brought to the church. All the gifts were distributed In 
about twenty needy lioiuee on Saturday. Klany young hearts were 
made glad when they received the gifts. Our pastor preached the 
installation sermon for the Sunday-school ofllcers on Sunday even- 
ing. Dec. 31. at Scalp Level, nnd on Sunday morning at Wlndber. 



was elected as delegate t 



ing. Sunday, Jan 

who preached on Saturday evening; Bro, Longenecker, 



, C. Zug, of Palmyra, Pa., 



I preached the dedication service; Bro. I. W. Tay- 
lor, of NelfsvUle, Pa., who addressed the audience on Sunday 
afternoon; Bro, Kllhefner, of Ephrata, Pa., who took charge of 
the Sunday evening services. Bro. Kllhefner will remain with us 



ollectlon for the day was $02.02. Wo had good. Inspiring s 
ions. We are so thankful for our new churchhouse.— Mrs. G. 
iraftt, 428 Spruce Street, Shomokln, Pa., Jan. 10. 
Snake Sprlne congregation met in council Jan. 6, Eld. W 
S, Rltchey moderator. Eld. D. M. Van Horn baptized i 



pile 



Ada] 



. Snyder and Henry Koons ' 



M. Hertzog at Springvllle, and Bro. 



! weather was not the most pleasant. Three confessed 
:'hrlst. Our next series is to be held at Springvllle, by Bro. Ira 
llbble. commencing Jan. 20.— Aaron B. Gibbel. R, D. 1, Ephrata, 
Pa., Jan. 10. 
Springfield (Quakertown House).~Our 



tro. Benjamin 
en Jacob Holsinger^ and S. S. Lint 
superintendents. 



Lvn, Pa., give a series of lllust 



. G. E. Yoder, 



— Lucinda Hershbergei 



18, Two requested to be reclaimed. Sunday-school super- 
ndents were reelected as follows: Myeratown, H. M. Franta 

; Heidelberg. H. F. King and Charles Zlegler. Dec. 23 Bro. 
B. Hollinger commenced a series of meetings at the MlUbach 
(Concluded on Page 48) 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— Jaunary 20, 1917 



THE PASSING OF ELDER J. J. TROXEL 

(Concluded from Page 43) 

;rs. He always tried to find something good in e 



'ery 



of the cross. Jan. 5 the services were held in Cerro 
Gordo, III. Burial at La Place. Services by Eld. S. Heitz 
and Eld. A. L. Bingaraan. Text, 1 Thess. 4: 13-18. 
Cerro Gordo, 111., Jan. S. Mary E. Landis. 



His preaching was sound. He never shunned to de- 
clare the whole counsel of God. He was a man of prayer, 
and the writer engaged with him in several seasons of 
prayer during his illness. 

Services were conducted from the Brethren church by 
the writer, pastor of the church at the present time, as- 
sisted by Bro. J. C. Forney, of McPherson, Kans. The 
church was packed with people who came to pay the last 
token of respect to one they loved. 

He was married to Elizabeth Arnold March 3, 1872. 
To this union four children were born,— two sons and 
two daughters. A son, daughter and wife preceded him 
to the other world. He was married again in 1907, to 
Susan Garst. She. with a son and daughter, remains to 
mourn the loss of a dear companion, father, and friend. 
May we emulate his virtues and cherish his memories! 

Conway Springs, Kansas. Wm. E. Thompson. 

THE DEATH OF BRO. LANDON WEST 
Landon West, second son of James and Margaret West, 
was born in Adams County. Ohio, Dec. 7, 1841, and quiet- 
ly passed from this life at his home near Pleasant Hill, 
Ohio, Dec. 16, 1916, aged 75 years and 9 days. His ill- 
ness was caused by a cerebral hemorrhage which occurred 
July 26. 1916. being followed by a second hemorrhage Dec. 
I, from which he never recovered. 

He was a student of nature and the Bible since his early 
youth. He attended the common schools near his home 
in Adams County, then continued his education in the 
church school at New Vienna, Ohio, conducted by Eld. 
James Quinter, after which he tai\ght school for several 

It was about this time, during the Civil War, that he 
was chosen captain in the Union Cavalry, but on account 
of his feeble health, at times, he could not answer the 
call, so he tried to serve his country as best he could 
in doing personal work. 

June 21, 1864, he was married to Salome Garman. To 
this union were born two daughters and one son. In the 
year 1873 their mother died. 

At the age of twenty-one years he was baptized, and at 
the age of twenty-three was elected to the ministry and 
accepted the call. He preached in many of the churches 
in thi Southern District of Ohio, being greatly interested 
in the children, and held many meetings especially for 
them. He was also a strong advocate for the Sunday- 
school, and worked unceasingly for its growth and de- 
velopment. 

Oct. 18. 1882, he was married to Miss Barbara Landis, 
of Covington, Ohio, by Eld. D. D. Wine. To this union 
were born three daughters and two sons, all of whom 

About twenty-eight years ago his health failed and he 
\vas compelled to give up the work of the ministry, 
which was a great disappointment for him. 

In February, 1900, he, with his faithful wife and chil- 
dren, moved to his present home, where he spent much 
of his time in reading his Bible; also in writing to his 
many correspondents. He was always interested in the 
uplift of humanity, through the spreading of the Gospel 
of Christ, both at home and abroad, but more especially 
among the neglected ones. His sole ambition seemed 
to be, — not money, fame or public honor,— but unselfish 
service to his fellow-men, doing his duty for duty's sake. 
It may also very fittingly be said of him that he led a 
very consistent life, being guided constantly by the Golden 
Rule. 

He leaves a wife, three sons, five daughters and one 
brother, Judge John A. West, of Iowa. May his un- 
wavering faith in God and his belief in his Word be an 
inspiration to all those that are left. We mourn not 
as those having no hope, for it is blessed to be with God. 
Services by Eld. D. M. Carver. Daniel West. 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio, Jan. 3. 



DEATH OF ELDER DANIEL MOHLER 

Eld. Daniel Mohler was born in Cumberland County, 

Pa., Jan. 18. 1834, and died at the home of his son, Herbert, 

in Cerro Gordo, III., Jan. 3, 1917, aged eighty-two years, 

eleven months and sixteen days. 

Bro. Mohler was the eldest of five children, born to 
Allen Mohler and Elizabeth Kurtz Mohler, and was the 
last of the family to pass away. When eighteen years 
old, the family moved to Carroll County, Ind., by wagon. 
In 1870 he came to Illinois, where he lived until his death. 
In February. 1872, he was married to Sarah Catherine 
Wise, who died March 20, 1896. To this union were born 
eleven children. Three died in infancy, and one son in 
young manhood, ten years ago. He became a member of 
the Church of the Brethren in 1867, was called to the 
ministry March 10. 1881, and later was ordained to the 
eldership. He is survived by three sons and four daugh- 
ters, and also a half sister. He made all arrangements 
for his funeral. He requested the funeral services to be 
short, and that they be conducted by his aged comrades 



MATRIMONIAL 



Dak. 



! bride. 



Keltnor-Stoes. — By the undersigned, at the ho 
Dec. 27, lOlfl, Bro. Guy Keltner, of Pearl City, III., and Slate 
Corlyn Stee's, of Waddams Grove, 111.— P. K. Keltner, Freeporl 



rlzona, Dec. 23, 191C, 3ro. Clarence Stutsman, of Fort Huidchuen, 
rlzona. and Sister Blanch Adams, of Loa Angeles, Cal. — Rnehel 
, Olllett, Benson, Arizona. 
Welmer-KlepUieer. — By the undersigned, at his home, Dec. 24. 



' and Elsie L. Elepim 
' California.— J. Harman SI 



Fresno, Cal. 



FALLEN ASLEEP 



wife of Paul Altland. 



Dec. 22, 1916, aged 31 ; 






I the 



. Altland underwent a surgical operation, 



She leaves a Sorrowing busbnnd. 



nd and I 



I and four 

by Eld. Daniel Bowser, assisted by Bro. L. Elmer Leas. Text. 
James 4; 14, Interment In Greenmount cemetery. — Alice K. Trim- 
mer, 577 'West Market Street. York, Pa. 

Baam, Bro. John, born Jan. 31, 1S40, died at his home in Pal- 
myra, Pa., Dec. 28, 1910, aged 76 years, 10 mouths and 27 days. 
He was married to Elizabeth Itider. This union was blessed with 
three sons and four daughters. Two daughters preceded him. The 
widow, three sons and two daughters remain. He united with 
the church in 1875, and remained in that fellowship until his death. 
Although deprived of attending regular services, on account of his 
health during his last days, he took a great Interest in all 



Berkley, born June 14, ISOS, died Jan. 1, 1917, aged ( 

nd 18 days. Death was due to a complication of diseases 

~ " hich she bore with com- 

arriage with Bro. Albert 

husband, two daughters 

granddaughter, her parents, six brothers and 



Berkley April 11. ISSO, 



leaves her husband, two daughtei 
" '.er, her parents, six brother) 
i born Into the Kingdom of ( 



jne sister. Sister Berkley i 

nbout twenty-four years ago and remained ever faithful. 

Jied within the bounds of the Sell Street church, West Johnstown, 

Pa., at which church the funeral services were conducted by the 

ivrlter. Text, 2 Cor, -------- - - 



son of Daniel and Saliie Bowman, bon 
1, Rockingham Co., Va., Sept. 16, 1847, died at Empirt 
28, lOlfl, aged 69 



J 3 months and : 
. 12, 1871, to Alcinda Moomaw. To this 
union were born seven children and twenty-seyen living grand- 
children. Sister Bowman preceded her husband eight years ago, 
living in Oklahoma. Bro. Bowman moved to 



Missouri from Virginia and ^ 



■s of the Saginaw, now Ft. Worth, 
oiother was Saliie Miller, who was 
le of a family of nine boys and nine girls. The father died rath- 
■ prematurely, leaving this large family to be cared for by the 
Idowed mother, but her success is evidenced by the fact that 
X of the nine boys became ministers, and two of them deacons 
I the Church of the Brethren. A number of the sisters became 
Paralysis of about four 






I, togethei 






his 



Christian fortitude. Services at the Brethren church at Em- 
pire by Eld. M. Smeltzer and the writer. Burial in the Citi- 
zens' cemetery at Modesto, Cal. — S. P. Songer, Empire, Cal. 

Burns, Sister Adelaide Newton, born Dec. 5. 1879, died Dec. 20, 
1916, aged 37 years and 15 days. She was the daughter of Charles 



and Mahala New 
, IflOl. To thei 



irvivi 



She also leave; 



tpent on Indian Creek, Fayette County, 



< Garrett County, Md., 



Rudolpb. This uni 



' members of 1 



1801. Pour : 



in the Maple Spring I 



Interment I 



the 



cemetery near by.— Grace Fike, Eglon. W. Va 

FunkliouBer. Sister Saliie, daughter of Aaron and Frances Wil- 
kins. died at her home In Lower Cove. Dec. 10, 1916. aged 47 years, 
6 months and 6 days. Her death was due to measles and puen- 

onla. She leaves her husband, a son, two daughters, three broth- 



faithful I 



Six of I 
wn for 1 



of Grundy County church. Bldoi 
D, Wnrren Shock, R. D. 2, Grundy Center. lowu. 

Kaafman-Alliui. — By the undersigned, at hla residence near 
York, N. Dak.. Dec. 31, 1910, Mr. Leonard A. Kaufman and Mies 
May Allan, both of York, N. Dak.— Thomas Allan. York. 



ley lived happily t 



with prayer for bodily and spiritual blessings. Brother and Sister 
Garber spent the greater part of their early married life in 
Virginia. In 1S04 they moved to Lawrence County. 111., having 
charge of the Allison Prairie congregation. In 1902 they moved 
to Decatur, 111., and for a number of years had charge of the 
mission at this place. Dec, 8, 1916, they went to Ottumwo, Iowa, 
to take charge of the church. One week after their arrival. Sister 
Garber took seriously ill. and died Dec. 24, 1916, aged 67 yeors 



I the church at Decatur, 111., by t 



, 111.— J. W. Lear, De- 



( the widow of John Garber, who died a number of years ago, 

< la survived by Ave daughters and two sons. Services and 

I at Beaver Creek, by Elders H, 0. Miller, George Flory and 



Mary Clingenpeel, born In Carroll County, Ind., Jan. 26, 1841, died 
at her home Dec. 20, 1916, aged 70 years and 11 months. She was 
married to Jeremiah Garrison Oct, 4, 1859. To this union were 
born five children. Soon after their marriage they settled on the 
farm where they spent all of their married life until separated 



by death. Soon 
united with the Church of the Brethren, remaining ever faithful. 
An infant son preceded her in death. She loaves her husband, 
one brother, one sister, three sons and one daughter. Services 
at the Bachelor Run church by Eld. Ira Krelder, assisted by 



Riley Montgomery. Text, Heb. 



—Ira Kreider, Bringhun 



■ of the Church of the 



lotted time to n 

very consistent i 

a regular attendant at Sunday-school, She leaves i 

dren. Services by the writer, assisted by Eld. J. A. Dove, Text, 

Rev. 14; 13. Interment in the Daleville cemeterv, — C. D. Hylton, 

Troutville, Va. 

GroBB, F. N., born Nov. 7, 1875, died Nov, 21, 1916. aged 41 
years and 14 days. He was born and raised In Hawkins Couh- 
ty. Tenn. He moved to Idaho in 1909, with his family. He w^as 
a son of W. P. Gross, who died In August. 1914. He leaves a moth- 
er, four brothers, three sisters, a wife and six children. He 
united with the church when sixteen years old. He was a good 
singer and loved to lead In song services in the church. He was 
xpreesed himself as being ready to go, if the call 



1 to this union, of ^ 

happy wedlock nearly flfty years, six grandchildren and one 
brother. Bro, Harrison united with the Church of the Brethren 
about forty years ago. He lived a consistent Jife ever after. Serv- 
ices by his pastor Jan. 3. in the new Walnut Grove house. Inter- 



years. 8 months and 6 days. Services at the Su|unga house by 
Brethren Henry Sonon and Amos Hottonsteln. He was laid to 
rest in the adjoining cemetery.— Phores J. Forney, Lancaster. Pa. 

Hershberger, Bro, Solomon, born in Somerset County, Pa., Nov. 
1, 1S33, died in the Springfield congregation, near Quafcertovvn, 
Bucks Co., Pa., Nov. 29, 1916, aged 83 years and 28 days. Dec, 15. 
1857, he was married to Saliie Peck. To them were born one sou 
and ten daughters. All grew to maturity before the faml)y cif- 
cle was broken. Two daughters preceded him. For mopy yejirs 
they lived in the Maple Glen congregation, Somerset County, Pa. 
He was a member of the Church of the Brethren for fifty-seven 
years. Services by Bro. Geo. Yoder. Text, Psalm 23. He was 
assisted by Eld. Benj. Hottel.— S. S. Lint, Quakertown, Pa, 

Kulp, Sister Emily Wells, died at the home of her son, Bro. 
W. W. Kulp, Dec. 28, 1D16. of grip, being old, aged 87 years and 
nth. She belonged to a family which was long prominent i 






, Pottstown, 
roxley, Benjamin F., son of S 
April IS, 1834, at Wolf Creek, 

home near Bradford, Ohio, Dec. 24. 1016. aged 83 years. 8 month 
i married to Phoebe Ann Tayl 



: church apd 
-L. B. Hoi- 



i Magdalene Loxley, born 
Dayton. Ohio, died nt his 



daughters. 



Dec. 24, 1916, aged 74 years and 15 days. He was married tc 
Mary A. Morr March 5, 18C0. and baptized a few years later lnt( 
the Brethren faith. He is survived by bis companion and oni 

daughter. Services at the Auburn 

Ileb. 9: 27,— C. Walter Warstler, 
Aubnrn, Ind. 
CoUenB, Bro. John, born April 25, 1844, died of Brighfs disease 



fer, R. D. 6, Staunton. Vd. 
Flke, Eld. Aaron, born April 25, 1840, died Dec. 17, 1916, ag» 
months and 22 days. His early boyhood days we 



, Ohio. This union was blessed with two sons and' five 
the angel of death ealled away his companion. 
led to Saliie Miller. This union was blessed 
d two daughters. He united with the Church 
vemher, 1883. He leaves his companion, thip- 
er and a half-sister. Services by Eld. 



, Bro. John R., of Hooversvll 



Creek congregation, Montgomery County, 111., Jan, : 
nd 21 days. He is survived by I 



church by the writer, assisted by Eld. D. E 
1: 21.— M. Flory, Glrard, III. 

Phiutps, Bro. Alva B.. died at his home 
of Alleghony congregation, W. Va.. Dec. 



Headwaters, Va., conducted the burial Service. — Charles Spencer, 



Sept. 19, 1916, aged 5 months and 26 days, 
by the pastor, Bro. 0. K. Walker,— E|la 



to Brown C 


ounty. Kuns., from ther 


to Missouri, and 




:y, Kans. In the fall of 


18!)3 thoy moved 


cinlty near 






wife moved 






lived at tbe 




survived by his i 


panlon and 


seveo children, alt of 






one son in California. 






les by Bro. J. E. Lawve: 


Text. 2 Tim. 4: 


remains wer 


e laid to rest in tho Am 


s cemetery.— Mary 


Ames, Okla. 






Boot, Jonathan, born June 0; 1845. 


(lied of pneumoniB 


inifl. The fu 


eral was preached in the 


M. E. Phiitch, in tl 



Settlement congregation, by Eld. 
Interment in the cemetery near by,^ — Grace i'lke, Eglon, "W 
Snntmoycr, Sister Mary A., died Dec. 20, 1018, at the hoi 
her father, Lewis Mitchel, in Spring Creek, Va., aged 27 ye 
month luul IS days. She is survived by her parents, husbani 
sister and ti 
nnd died on 
and burial 



was a daughter of Solomon Horner, nnd the greater i 
life was spent near Laughiinstown, Pa. She united wii 
onier Valley Church of the Brethren some fifteen yean 



Hill cemetery near Horner's 
Ligonier, Pa, 

SliefTor, Ero. Joseph, born r 



«ks, aged 70 ; 
1 to Lydia CroE 

;on preceded hi 



r Hampton, Adam's Co., Ph., Mm 
Dec. 20, 101(1, nliei 



irket Street, York, Pa. 
born in Lancaster County, Pa., 
; South Whitley, Ind., Dec. 20, 
IS. She was married Dee. 13, 



member of the United 
' in the Sug 



by Rev. J. T. lieesey and 
loy. South Whitley, Ind. 



Moyers, 
the I 



' of t 



7 bed 



;, W. Va., died Dec. 20, H)16, at her 

aged tiO years, 4 nionths and 1 day. 

few days with pneumonia, 



■ deiith. June 15, 1878, she was married 
ce born five sons a 
daughter preceded 

leaves her husband, four sons, five daugh- 



, Garber, of Head '^ 



To this 

I member of the Church 
husband, foii 
Services In 



: 22. Intermenl 



father of eleve. 



South w 
born nea 
aged 64 j 



four of whoi 



) Houston, Texas, 



jf the German Settlement congregati 
ery near by. — Grace Fike, Eglou, W 
'llliam, son of Joseph and Lydia Soi 
: City, Ind., May 10, 1852, died Dec, 



I and two daught' 



y I'l., boru in Washington County 
;0, IMC. She came to Mt. Morris in 
;o reside most of the time until 1 
Daniel J. Sprecher Feb. 13, IS' 



hom reside in Mt." Morris. Slie united 

I her youth. In 1800 she united with the Church of t 

m nnd has remained loyal ever since. — A, K. EikenI 



Christmas mornii 
carawns church, 
10, 1007. To thi; 
the husband of t 
ers, survive. SI 
1908. In 1914 s! 



J,, March 
i, where si 

her death. SI 
7. She leaves 

daughter, all 



and manifested a deep < 



1016, 



, Sistei 



f of th. 

Bro. G 
brottie: 
Service 

(Lutheran), and 
Pa, 

■WlsHingi 



Services by Eld. 
" nd E 

Bro. 



> Mary Blough, 



up.— Nellie I. Baker. 
Oct. 26, 1844, died 



ne by L. B. Harshberger 
1 family cemetery, — L. B. 

tiT of Mr. and Mrs. John 
1. 1857. died in Loganspoi 
I day. June 8. 3871. she \ 



I and remained faithful 



eleven > 

rtith the Chu 
n Logans 
. in the < 



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Special Contributors: 
J. 11. Moore. SebrhiR. 1- 


11. B. Brnmbnngli, Huntingdon, Pn., 
a.: II. C. Knrly, Penu Liiird, Va.; A. C. 
D. W. KurtE, McPlierson, Kans. ; II. A. 


Brandt, LorUsburg. Ciil 




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M. Gnrvcr. P. R. Keltncr. S. N. McCann 


Entered .i ll>e Postoffl 


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Notes from Our Correspondents 



(Concluded from Page 45) 

ening of Jan. 7. Eld. HolUnger 

favorable condition of 

During the year 1010 

baptized, tbirty-one were 



! roads kept the meetings rather 



. 10. 



F. King, 



of : 



an Sickle, of Sandy Creek con- 

a scries of revival services in the Union 

' Mnrkloysburg congregation, oa the even- 

and closed Dec. 24, preaching in all fifteen 



Van Sickle labored earnestly In defense of the truth. 
Wleven were baptized, and four await the rite. Two were re- 
claimed.— M. R. Pike, Markleysburg, Pa,, Jan. 7. 

n>st Canc«toco. — We have Just closed our second series of 
meetings held during the winter. The first one was held at the 
Iisne house, Bro. Ira Glbble doing the preaching. As a result, 
fn„r Dnfnrpii ttip Kfnpdom. The second one, which just closed, 
services being conducted 






. 17. preiichlug 



> be I 



^ Lord's side. Others 
the Kingdom.~lI. G. Miunlch, Lititz, Pa., Jan. 2. 

TEXAS 
Fort Worth.— We met In members' meeting Dec. 17, with our 
alder, Bro. A. J. Wine, presiding. We elected church officers for 
the coming year, Bro. Wine and thi 
gates to District Meeting. We nl 
school with Bro. Roy Lclcht retained as superint 



I is growing in i 
■ ■ i chlldw 
The little class that we have I 
proving beneficial 



imbers and Interest. Dec. 2- 
and gave them a remembri 

my home, every Thursday a 
the Sunday-school,— Mrs. < 



Lslcht, R. D. 0, Ft. Worth, Texas, Jan. 

VIRGINIA 

r Creek. — During the holidoys we had the plei 



ing Eld. S. N. McCann conduct i 
We took up the Book of Hebrews 
the evening service Bro. McCnnn 
aubjects,- 



" Lord's Slipper," 



The Anointing." We 



special study each day. At 



I of awakening a i 



Kingdom.— Nannie J. Miller, B, 
BcrnflTd.- Bro. D. M. Glick ca 
Jan. 1, and gave us twelve music lessons and preached four Gos- 



, Brldgewater, Va., Jan, 5. 

I, and stayed until 



Bro. Gllck 

or us once a month in the schoolhouse. We usuall) 
ll-fllled house.— Nora E. Good, Bernard, Va., Jan. 8. 
arch congregation met in council Saturday, Jan. 6, with 
Barnhort as moderator. Two letters of membership 
ved.. Two have been granted since our last report, 
y C. Crumpacker hfi 



Fisher : 
Sunday-school superintendent. Our Sunday-schoi 



Een elected 
e a Christ- 
Day Bro. 



Benj. Wray preached for us. He gave us a helpful i 
Thanksgiving sermon was preached by Bro. G. A. Barnhart. An 
offering of $40 wag taken for the General Mission Board.— Edith 
E. Peters, Wlrte, Va., Jan. 11. 

Greenmaont church met in council Dee. 30. Eld. J, W, Wam- 
pler presided. Two letters were received and three were given. 



places to be considered later during the year. — L. Katie Ritchie, 
Harrisonburg, Va., Jan. 0, 
LlnvUle Creek church met In council Dec. 29. Brethren J. S. 
N. Zigler, of Unity congregation, and Bro. J. 



Kline, of Green Mount congregation, wer 


e with us. One letter 


of membership was given and three were 




building committee made its rejiort. A 


:oiincil was appointed 


for Jan. 27, to give the matter special 




Wampler was elected superintendent for 


.invilie Creek Sunday- 


school, and Bro. Noah Kline for Cedar 


Run Sunday-school.— 



pine, of Mt Jackson, Va., Assistant District Sunday-school Sec- 
retary, visited our Sunday-school, giving ue a short talk on 
Sunday-school work and afterwards preaching an inspiring and 



Our Sunday-school will be 



. S. D. Miller presiding. The Sunday-school saperii 
' the year is Bro. B. F. Miller. Tbe superintendei 
lay-school at Grottoes Is Bro. J. F. Glick. As we wei 



though the building is i 






npleted. The dedicatory i 



: be held until the work Is. finished. We raised i 



' elfectual 



I for Sunday-school i 
have, besides the auditorium, an ofllclal room 
iy-8Chool rooms. We feel we can now do mo 

along Sunday-school lines. The Sunday-school 
program on the last Sunday of the old year.— Ruth B. Wli- 
, Mt- Sidney, Va., Jan. 12. 
unit.— We bad services last Thanksgiving Day. Eld. J. T. 

the 

ad a singing class during tbe 
days, taught by Bro. Roller, o 
conncil, one elder, Bro. Peter < 



r-schoDl Meeting of 1918.— Christ! n: 



Two letters were granted. The old church officers were i 
Bro. J. W. Weddle was elected as Sunday-school superlu 
On Sundny following, Bro. A. N. Hylton preached an 
Ing sermon. Sunday evening we met for Christian \ 
Meeting.— Lizzie Spangler, Floyd, Va., Jan. 8. 

Wlilte Hill. — We held our council on Wednesday eveni 
3, with Bro. S. I. Flory presiding. Our report of IDIU w 
aging. Our Sunday-school, 



Che history of the i 
chased, adjoining tbt 



Dec. 31. to 
ijoy the exercises very muc 
growing both In Interest i 
Draft, Va., Jan. 12. 



Clirlstlan Workers' Society 
tendance— Mary Hall, Stuai 

WASHINGTON 
Mt. Ilopo church held no regular council In the a! 



I foreman. The Sunday-school thought J 



intlnued active, and the attendance, for the time of y 
good. We miss Bro. Streeter much, as he had always 
to be nt the appointed place regularly, no matter what th 
ditlons. There uro now but four members who can be p 



Mortli Yakima.— Sister Enoch Faw, our District Sunday-school 
Secretary, who has been touring the District In behalf of Sun- 
day-school work, returned home to us the latter part of Decom- 



She gave 



I very interesting talks Dec. 



J service i 
Ing of Jan. 6 was held our 
representation of members 
lierce, Idaho, will be with i 
if meotlnga. — Robert Faw, 
Olympin church met in c 
U. B. Kby, presiding. Fo 
IVU8 reelected elder for i 



1 about Jan. 12, 



other ; 



received. 
I. Sila: 



£by 



superintendent, and Bro. Will Wagoman, 
Christian Workers' president. On the evening of Dec. 24 our 
Sunday-school gave a very interesting Christmas program, with 
a large attendance. Since our last report four have been born in- 
to the Kingdom.— Settle Shumate, Olympla, Wash,, Jan. (I. 

Seattle. — On the evening of Dec. 23, the Chinese Sunday-t^chooi 
gave on inspiring program at the Chinese Mission. On Sunday 
evening the Sunday-school at the church gave their program. 
They observed tbe " White Christmas," — giving gifts to the King. 
The Beginners, Primary and Junior classes gave ?4.43 to be given 
to the Children's Orthopedic Hospital in this city. The Interme- 
diate and Adult Bible Classes gave $4.45 for a poor family who 
lost their home and two children tty fire. The Senior Bible Class 
donated baskets of food to poor families, and helped with their 



I distribute provisions, furnished tjy the charitable 
of the city. The Home Department gave $1.20 : 
I and widows In India, On Sunday evening, Dec. 31 



reorganized our Christian Workers' Meeting with Brethren O. J. 
Pedersen and Roy Slonaker as presidents. — Mrs, E. J, Cllne, STOO 
Palatine Avenue, Seattle, Wash., Jan. 5. 

SunnjBlde church met In council Dec. 23, The attendance was 
small but the meeting was Interesting. Bro. J. A. Eby was chos- 
i elder for the following year; Bro. Roy Eby, Sunday- 



superintendent; Orpha Eby, president of tbe Christia 
Meeting. Letters were granted to Brother and Sister 
Bro, Eby has served the church here for seventeen y< 



Wo 



with 
Shepler preached twenty-six inspiring 
baptized. 



effort which closed . 



lOd choice. Eleven 



Although the weather 
n'ds, good order, and intense ir 



reclaimed, and thri 



-Ituth J. Wade, 



. M. Railway, Det 



arrival and closed , 



for Christ. A mothei 



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lents were made to hold series of meetings at eacli i 
liiirchhousea and ut a schoolhouse, sometime within 
'lie Ministerial and Sunday-school Meeting of the Fir; 
r West Virginia will be held here this year. The tii 
he meeting Is May 25 and 26. The council at the Mou: 



, in Tucker County, 
egan a meeting the 
delivering twenty- 



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No. 4 



In This Number 

Editorial;— 

" Grace for Grace," 

The Worst Kind of Profanity 

: W'hea You Pray? 



" Give Me the Messenger " (J. 11. M.) 



SlQ (A. 

Letting the Chance Go By, 

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Hiding from God. By Mrs. Grace R. Sell, 

' _ Scriptures. By Paul Mohler, 



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"Why Not Judge?" By Jacob Funk , 

Preachers Yielding Up Their RlghtH. By M. M. Bshelman, 
Home and FatnUy,— 

Light,— Natural and Spiritual (Poem). By Ja'a. A. Sell, .. 
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. . • EDITORIAL, . . . 



" Grace for Grace ** 

When the apQstle John wrote his story of the earth- 
ly life of Jesus, he had had a long and rich experience 
of the fulness of fellowship with Christ. If we keep 
this fact in mind, we can better understand that happy 
phrase " grace for grace," in the sixteenth verse of the 
first chapter. His experience was a constant succession 
of blessings, — one grace after another. As fast as he 
had appropriated one, — had used it all up, so to 
speak, — and had thus enlarged his spiritual capacity, 
Christ had bestowed another. Thus he had gone on, 
deeper and deeper into the realization of God's love, 
his soul expanding all the while. No wonder John's 
Gospel is such a wonderful treasure house of truth. 
" Grace for grace " is the secret of it. 

This is the normal, not the usual, — it is greatly to be 
feared, — but the normal, Christian experience. Has it 
been yours? Or are you still living today in the dis- 
tant past? The way some good people dwell upon the 
grace of five or twenty or forty years ago, makes one 
wonder whether they have received no new grace since. 
The joy that fills the soul in the fervor of that " first 
love," the first vivid consciousness of the grace of God, 
is indeed so great, so overwhelming, that we may be in 
danger of trying to live on it always. But we make a 
fatal error if we do. We need continually, like John, 
a fresh supply, for going on unto perfection is as much 
a matter of grace as getting started. 



The Worst Kind of Profanity 

What a picture of defeat and despair is the outwit- 
ted and heartbroken Esau ! Could you hear unmoved 
his " exceeding great and bitter cry " ? Listen to his 
pathetic pleading: "Hast thou but one blessing, my 
father? Bless me, even me also, O my father." And 
as he turns away to weep over his inevitable fate, we 
need not try to keep back the tear of sympathy. But 
let us not fail to see also that it is no arbitrary decree 
of God, nor yet the cunning strategy of men, but his 
own incapacity that shuts him out from the line of 
promise. The letter to the Hebrews describes him 
rightly. He was a profane person. It was- the trivial 
and transient that caught his eye, or his stomach, 
rather. He was short-sighted. He lived wholly in the 
present. He was moved by passion instead of principle. 
He had no sense of values. A man who would barter 
away for a ready-cooked dinner all the wealth and 
station which, by the custom of the time, belonged to 



the first-bom, — such a man is impossible for canying 
forward great enterprises. There was no worthy 
ambition, no desire to achieve, nothing to build on, and 
so God could not use him. 



Do You Think When You Pray? 

Do you fully realize how strong is the tendency to 
formality in public devotional exercises ? Or for that 
matter, in your own private praying? Have your 
prayers, whether public or private, become so much a 
matter of habit that your desire for the things you pray 
for, has weakened, almost, perhaps, to the point of fad- 
ing out of consciousness? Or is that desire .-i living 
hunger, burning with eager expectation? 

The Christian Evangelist tells of a St. Louis woman 
who had been accustomed to looking under her bed for 
burglars every night for years. At last she saw one 
" and became so frightened that she leaped through a 
second-story window, landed in a heap of glass on the 
ground, and then ran to a neighbor's house where she 
became incoherently hysterical for an indefinite pe- 
riod." Her habit had become purely formal, without 
consideration of what she was doing. Had tlie possi- 
bility of finding what she was looking for, been actually 
present in her mind, she could not have acted like she 
did. She would have been at least partially prepared 
for the contingency. 

The Evangelist very properly wonders whether 
some people would not be as badly scared as this 
woman was, if they should get some things they have 
prayed for, these many years. " Especially is this true 
of the higher spiritual blessings. How many men pray, 
whenever they pray at all, ' Make me like Christ ! ' 
But suppose the Almighty took them at their word and 
made them like Christ, what would happen? ... It 



would make them quit their business entirely, in many 
cases, and seriously modify it in most others. It would 
strip them of all selfish ambition,— civil, political, or 
religious. It would make them tell the truth all of the 
time, — a terrible inconvenience in our modem social 
circles. It would cause them to get up early in the 
morning to pray, and make their lives center in unself- 
ish service. How many of us are really ready for this 
sort of thing?" 

Do you think when you pray, brother? Are you sure 
you want what you ask for? Do you expect sometime 
to get it ? Then, why do you not prepare to use it ? 



The Greatest Battle Field 

Was that wrestling match, described in the last 
paragraph of Genesis thirty-two, a mere test of phys- 
ical strength? Such a thought would be unworthy, 
and would not account for the effect produced, for 
that was spiritual far more than physical. Whatever 
the objective character of this struggle, the real battle 
was fought in Jacob's soul. A new and nobler spirit 
was struggling for the mastery, and the old nature of 
craft and cunning was dying hard. The conflict was 
fierce and long, but the right won, and it was a better 
man that recrossed the Jordan than had crossed it on 
his w^iy to Haran. 

The human soul is the world's greatest battle-ground. 
There the struggle is most hotly contested and the is- 
sues are fraught with the greatest consequents of weal 
or woe. There the anguish of defeat is keenest and 
the joy of triumph is deepest. And there is no one 
but who sometimes, perhaps often, faces a crisis in his 
life when he must fight out the question, whether he 
will be true to the Divine Call or yield to the clamor of 
his meaner self. Have you won or lost? 



The Practical Side of the Question 



Whether the world is getting better or worse, is an 
important question, only in so far as one's view of it 
affects his Christian activities. As a matter of merely 
speculative interest, it is not worth discussing. If your 
belief that the world is getting better makes you lazy 
and unconcerned, indifferent to the terrible evil exist- 
ing and the consequent eternal ruin of human lives, 
that is bad. Or if your belief that the world is getting 
worse makes you despair of accomplishing anything 
worth while, and satisfied to spend your time enjoying 
your own hope of eternal safety, that too is bad. But 
if, whatever your opinion on the question, you are do- 
ing your utmost to extend the dominion of Jesus Christ 
over the hearts of men, that is good. 

It is good, both because it concerns the practical side 
of the question and because it is a necessary qualifica- 
tion for dealing successfully with the other side. It is 
interesting, almost amusing, to see with what scant 
data we can settle this much-argued question. All we 
need to do is to look out on the world around us and 
make a list of existing evils, or of the good, according 
to our predilections, and the matter is easily decided. 
For there is much more of both good and evil in this 
world than our little minds can measure, and we can 
not look at either one long, to the exclusion of the other, 
until it covers the whole field of vision. It does not oc- 
cur to us that a prerequisite for a competent judgment 
is a broad grasp of world history, not of events and 
figures merely, but of tendencies and ideals. 

The appeal to Scripture would seem to furnish a 
quick and certain answer, were it not that advocates on 
either side find plenty of proof-texts suited to their 
purpose, which fact shows, not that there is anything 
the matter with the Scripture, but that we are very 



slow at learning how to use it rightly. Seldom, indeed, 
in gathering the Scripture testimony on a question, do 
we take the trouble to include what is unfavorable to 
our position. Or, if we do, we readily get rid of it. 
The usual method is something like this : Very devout- 
ly observing that the Scripture is its own best inter- 
preter, we cite first the troublesome passage we want 
to dispose of, then, turning over to one that suits us, 
we say that this evidently explains the other passage. 
Did it never strike you as a curious fact that we always 
interpret the verse we do not like by the one we do, — 
never the other way about? 

What the Bible teaches on this subject, or any other, 
is not to be found by culling out the passages of one 
type and ignoring the plain import of others, equally 
pertinent. Neither is it found by collecting ail the 
verses relating to the subject and, without regard to 
their original setting, trying to strike a kind of general 
average. It is found by faithful attention to all pas- 
sages that bear upon the theme, each in its own context, 
and in the light of its own historical background, and 
a comparison of the results. Such a study will involve 
no forced harmonizing, but it will surely yield the true 
Scripture teaching, not simply of thi.s or that particular 
verse, but of the Bible as a whole. 

If any one, then, feels^it incumbent upon him to de- 
cide this old question and announce his findings to tlie 
world, he will do well to prepare himself for his task, 
first, by such a study of the Bible as is suggested in the 
preceding paragraph, and. second, by such a study of 
the history of the world as is suggested in the last 
sentence of the second paragraph. He may then be 
competent to form an opinion of some value. But 
most of us will do better to devote our energies to the 



50 



practical aspecls of tlie question ; that is, to doing ou. 
best to make the world as good as we possibly can. 

Or will something less than this do for the goal of 
Christian effort? How many people should we try to 
save? How much of this world should we strive to 
win for Christ? At what point shall we cease and call 
our task complete? The only answer to these ques- 
tions that can possibly be right, is the answer which is 
prompted by love. .And that answer is that, as long as 
any corner of the world is not brought under captivity 
to Christ, as long as a single soul remains outside his 
fellowship, the church can not relax her diligence. How 
hard should a mother try to make her sick child well? 
May she feel that she has done her duty when she has 
offered it the medicine? The very question is an insult 
to her, for she never thinks of discharging her respon- 
sibility. She thinks only of saving the child at all costs. 
Just so we ought to be ashamed to think of calculating 
how much Cod expects of us. For love does not cal- 
culate. Love knows no limits but the exhaustion of its 
strength. And we "have not yet resisted untn Iilnod, 
striving against sin.". 

Winning the world for Christ is the Christian pro- 
gram, because no smaller program is big enough to sat- 
isfy the demands of love. Or the demands of the 
(^ircat Commission. And tlie basis of our confidence is 
not our own sufficiency, but His who said. " Lo, I am 
witli you." If it shall please tlie Father to give us 
very soon, or at any stage in the unfinished program, 
the physical presence of his Son, we can rejoice in his 
wisdom and know that his ways are right. Meanwhile, 
had w-e not better take the Great Commission serious- 
ly? 

Beware, lest he come and catch us loafing on the job. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 27, 1917 



" Give Me the Messenger " 

I.\ the very beginning of the human race the Creator 
saw that it was not good that man should exist as the 
sole lord of creation, so he put him to sleep, removed 
a rib, and made of it a helpmeet for him. That is, 
some one to be a part of his real life, and to be a help 
to him in all the duties and relations of life. From that 
day to this, the wife has been looked upon as a help- 
meet to the husband, and, we presume, she will be so 
regarded as long as the human race exists. Fortunate 
is the man who has a congenial helpmeet, and fortunate 
is the helpmeet who is made to feel that every effort 
upon her part, to make the home life pleasant and a 
success, is appreciated. 

But there are occasions when even a well-ordered 
plan must be reversed. There are times, in the course 
of events, when the husband should become the will- 
ing helpmeet for his wife,— an aid in domestic duties. 
It is in this capacity that your humble servant renders 
some needed service. So, eveo' Friday morning, it 
falls to our lot to sweep the carpeted rooms, and to- 
clean the rugs. \A'e-need not comment-on our special 
fitness or taste for this line of domestic labor. That is 
a question of its own. It is the moral that we wish to 
magnify. And, as the story runs, one Friday morning, 
quite recently, when we were about half through with 
the sweeping task, one of our ministers, from Mary- 
land, who came into the town the evening before, 
called on us. The greeting was a happy one, and the 
broom was laid aside in order that we might have a 
I>lea5ant visit together. Finally we told him that if he 
would excuse us, we would finish the morning task that 
we had commenced. He then remarked, " Just give 
me the last Messenger and I will content myself, here 
on this screened porch, perfectly, for," said he, " I 
have not seen the paper for over a week." 

The paper was soon placed in his hands, and the way 
he scanned the pages, reading here and there, as he 
hastened from one part of the journal to another, 
showed that he was at home with the Messenger, It 
was a delight just to see him read. Seeing that he was 
enjoying himself, we did not make undue haste in our 
work, and even when we were ready to give him our 
full time and attention, we noticed that he was more 
concerned about reading than visiting. It was, how- 
ever, later in the day that he called for the paper the 
second time, took it to his room at the Inn, where he 
had secured lodging, and did not rest content until he 
had read it from end to end. That, he told us, was the 



way he treated the Messenger from week to week. He 
and his good wife would not even think of keeping 
house without the church paper. 

We were with him several days, and found him well- 
informed on all of our church activities. He knew 
just what was going on all over the Brotherhood, and 
was therefore thoroughly interested in all that the 
church is doing. He had come south to inspect Florida, 
and while he soon became filled up, so to speak, with 
Florida conditions and possibilities, he was always 
ready to talk about the things that pertain to the 
church and her interests, both at home and abroad. 

The little incident helped us to do some thinking. 
We wondered what would be the result if all the mem- 
bers in the Brotherhood would become so thoroughly 
attached to our church paper. What would happen if 
even all of our preachers would become deeply inter- 
ested in the Messenger? Would there not be a de- 
cided increase in life and activity among them? 
Most assuredly. But think of every member of the 
church becoming interested and "contented the moment 
the Messenger can be secured. In fact, that is the 
kind of members we like to have come to Florida, for 
brethren and sisters who would hardly think of keep- 
ing house without the church paper, invariably make 
fine workers on mission fields. 

But how about those who do not take the paper? 
Are they posted on the work of the church, and is it 
possible for them to become thoroughly interested in 
what the church is doing? Do our people ever think 
about this ? Do our ministers ever tell the members of 
(heir respective congregations how much they miss by 
excluding the Messenger from their homes? Does 
I he preacher, who fails to read the paper, realize how 
much he is losing? True, one may preach the Gospel 
without ever even seeing any of our church literature, 
but in these days of papers, magazines and books, no 
man can keep himself posted regarding the growth, 
needs and activities of the church without reading our 
publications. It is only by reading our literature" that 
the mind of the Brotherhood can be understood. 

^I^^^^^^^;-— J. H. M. 



Sin 

How It Enters the Heart 

The stor}' of the fall of our first parents into sin is 
the story of every fall into temptation since that day. 
Look at the account in Genesis 3. Satan makes a sug- 
gestion. The woman listens and responds to his ques- 
tion. Then he poisons her mind with mingled truth 
and error. The trap is set and baited, and she falls in- 
to it. It was true, indeed, that if they would eat of the 
forbidden fruit, their eyes would be opened to know 
evil experimentally. But while their eyes were open 
to see evil, they were blinded as to knowing good. 

But how came the woman to fall ? Note the story ■ 
She meditates on what Satan had told her; she nurses 
her desire; she contemplates, fondly turning over in 
her mind the details oTthe advantages to be gained. It 
was to be desired as food, it was a delight to the eyes, 
and it was the hope of becoming wise. 

How fully and wistfully she muses on the advan- 
tages to be gained, as they had been presented by Satan 
but not one thought of what God had said. Of course 
she fell into sin. ' 

How different was the case of our Lord when Satan 
made the suggestion to him ! He reversed the process, 
doing exactly the opposite of what the woman did. He 
did not, for a moment, consider what Satan had sug- 
gested, but turned himself squarely about and medi- 
tated on what God had said, " It is written." So it was 
in every case. In each of the temptations our Lord 
gives not a thought to what Satan had suggested but 
determinedly enters his mirid upon what God' had 
said. 

Just here lies the whole difference between victory 
over temptation and falling into it. Nobody ever fell 
mto temptation without doing just what the woman 
did,— turning away from what God had said, ignoring 
It, leaving it out of mind, giving it not a thought- but 
considering most earnestly and wi.stfully the suggestion 
to evil, turning it over, musing upon it, holding it be- 
fore the mind, imaging it, picturing the possibilities of 
experience to oneself. 

Just so nobody ever successfully resisted a tempta- 



lion without turning away from it and considering just 
as earnestly, attentively, longingly, the teaching of God 
concerning the matter. 

Indeed, any one who has studied modern psychology 
knows the process of turning a thought into an action, 
a suggestion into a deed. Indeed, Professor James,— 
perhaps the most popular of all our psychologists,— 
has said that he doubts whether choosing to do some- 
thing consists of more than detaining the thought in 
the focal point of attention a little longer. Certain it 
IS tliat if one takes an idea and keeps the mind dwell- 
ing upon and vividly imaging it for a considerable time, 
action follows in harmony with the thought as inevi- 
tably as heat comes from a fire. 

In the first chapter of James we have another pas- 
sage on the subject of temptation and sin. This pas- 
sage is somewhat more analytic than pictorial, though 
the story is exactly the same as that in the third of 
Genesis. 

" Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away by 
his own lust, and enticed. Then the lust, when it hath 
conceived, beareth sin: and the sin, when it is full- 
grown, bringeth forth death." 

^^ In the passage there is, first of all, the evil desire, or 
'' lust " of a man. This evil desire is nursed andther- 
ished, meditated upon; its advantages are considered. 

Here, then, is the opportunity for Satan, and he en- 
tices and allures, trying to persuade the man who is 
nursing evil desire to go on. And just as certain as he 
detains the thought, gives it countenance, keeps ou con- 
sidering and cherishing it, just so certainly will he 
yield to the temptation. 

And so follows the rest of the story. The evil de- 
sire which has been thus enticed conceives. This is sin 
in the germ. The will has chosen it. . 

Then when this choice or consent of the heart ex- 
presses itself in deed, sin is " bom," according to the 
figure of our verse. 

But this sin is as yet but an infant. If it is nursed 
and cherished and allowed to grow into a habit, it 
blinds and atrophies what it touches. It " bringeth 
forth death." 

This picture in James is, indeed, a parable, in which 
evil desire or " lust " or hankering after wrong is pic- 
tured as the harlot mother of sin. Satan, whom our 
Lord called " the father of lies," is likewise the father 
of every sin. It is he who allures the hariot lust and 
entices her. 

Then, when sin has been conceived and nursed into 
an act, the full-fledged child of our picture. Sin, is 
born. Then this sin, pictured as an infant child, grows 
under like conditions until it has the strength of full 
maturity. And the child of this full grown sin, born of 
Sin its mother, is Death. 

The way to resist temptation, then, is perfectly clear. 
And just as clear is the pathway of temptation. 

I was walking once along the street of the city. As 
I passed the show window of a store, I noticed some 
articles of clothing that attracted my attention. As I 
stopped to consider them and to note the prices, I was 
startled by some one whispering over my shoulder, " Is 
there anything here you would like to have ? " at which 
I hastily replied, " No, sir," and marched on. Just so 
it IS when a man's evil desires draw him aside and 
make him contemplate forbidden pleasures. Satan 
promptly whispers in his ear the suggestion that he can 
have whatever he warns, enticing him to take the bait 
of the trap. If he listens, he is lost, for the trap is 
sprung and he is its victim. a c \v 



Letting the Chance Go By 

" The darkness apprehended it not,— the worid 
knew him not,— his own received him not." That is 
the pathos of God's great worid campaign for the re- 
demption of humanity. He has been trying to help 
men, but they have been trying to get away from him. 
He sent them rain and fruitful seasons, but these they 
took without considering their source. He sent them 
prophets, but these they rejected, imprisoned, and 
sawed asunder. He sent them his Son and they would 
not have even him. If the worid had been responsive 
lo God's advances, the millennium would have been 
here long ago. Is it true of us, as it has always been of 
those before us, that we know not the time of our visit- 
ation? 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 27, 1917 



CONTRIBUTORS' FORUM 



The Sunday-School 

By Amos R. Wells 
A school it is, where glorious things arc taugh 
A factory as well, where lives are wrought; 
A garden, where the flower-like cliildren grov 
An ocean, too, where freighted vessels ga. 
It is a school, the school of Jesns Christ; 
His treasure-house as well, of gems unpriced; 
His army, drilled for high, heroic strife; 
His orchard, witli all golden fruitage rife. 
It loves a Book, this Bible Sunday school; 
It owns a sceptre — Christ's imperial rule; 
It has one task— the Savior's will to do; 
It holds one faith— that he is good and true. 
O school, unending is your perfect lore. 
O army, forward! Jesus goes before. 
O workmen, labor I Jesus labors too: 
You cannot fail, your Master toils with you. 



were they tu make a belter .selection of the pictures 
they hang on the walls of memory, for their imagina- 
tion to behold. A brother of another denomination 
said last weelc, " When I came to Ch^i^t I was so po- 
leiTiical that I did not enjoy my own fellowship with 
Christ as I might have done, 
was in the right and that I knew my ground, that I 



much sentiment, and the present restriction can be in- 
directly attributed to their work. 

Several members of Parliament, who have had the 
good cause at heart, have succeeded in having a series 
of restriction laws passed. At first these were con- 
so certain that I sidered of very little value, and even severely criticised 
„„ „ ■• A 1. , , , , . ""^ ^'^^^ ^^ favored prohibition. As a number of rivu- 

fide„.i,Il V V™!,' "'' """«' """ '^'= '°™ =" '"^S^ '"''■ '° »"<= -^tn^tion after the 

fidential ly they found a response „> my own e.xperi- other has brought about 
ences We are no better than our thoughts. Our which may result i 
thoughts are made out of the pictures we hang on 
memory's wall, upi 
properly associated 
Chicago, 111. 



stood i 



forgotten in a normal i 



Dangers and Benefits of Imagination 



praiseworthy condition, 
entire prohibition 

meTr^s'w'air'" ""' r ,"" TrV ''"^ ™ "^^"'" '^ ' <'""^ '''^''"^l '-" P^'^'oes or sugar 
memory s «all, upon whtch we look. No experience beets. It costs fifty cents a quart, and is used exten- 
nrooerlv assorifltpH 1*; pvpr f,^v,r„f^<.., :„ „ — .. — i _.:_.i „• i , ,, ,. i^-*' ^ *"iu is uscu exien 

sively by the working people. It is claimed to put more 
of the devil into the person using it, and to be more 
harmful to the system, than any other alcoholic drink 
used in Sweden. Several years ago a law was enacted, 
allowing only the sale of a certain amount of this stuff 
to an individual per month. Customers were supplied 
with control books. Before Nov 16 of last vear six 
the opera, the theater and the show. Some go to nimrts „ mn^ti, „.,. ; i- ■ i t „ . ,! 

.u.._A, __i 1 J U-. .i .__ , ., , . <i""rts a month, per individual, were allowed, — this to 

purchased only during certain hours of the day. 



The Blessedness of Faithful Service 

BY S. Z. SHARP 

The tendency of tlie popular mind is to be served 
rather than to serve. For this purpose so many go to 



church only to be served by the preacher and the choir, 
instead of serving God by worship. None of these 
things bring a permanent blessing, but often a curse. 
Holding slaves and wanting to be served, brought 



BY EZRA FLORY 

Imagination is essentially the same, whether that ^''^^' ™''^^ '° 'j'^ South. It placed that section of our 
' " ' country fifty years behind the active North, in develop- 



ment. Young ladies were proud to say that they never short. The time should be 



dressed themselves without the help of a sei^ant. 
Young men took a servant along when they went to 
college, to black their shoes and run errands. This 
spirit of exacting service from others was a curse to 
the South, and ended in a Civil War which cost half 
a million of lives and multiplied millions of money. 

The Savior said, " The Son of man came not to be 
ministered to, but to minister," hence " God gave him 
a name that is above every other name." Faithful serv- 
ice gave Jacob, — a poor boy 



of the lunatic, the lover or the poet. Some prefer to 
think of imagination as either reproductive, — working 
on old materials, reviving them in the same way; or 
creative,— putting past experiences in different rela- 
tions, as the inventor, poet, or prophet. But images 
are the raw material that memory and imagination use. 
" Without a vision the people perish." 

Some one has described imagination as our private 
picture gallery, where we sit alone and quietly gaze up- 
on^the pictures we have painted. We construct our 
mental pictures out of what we see and hear and read. 
Therefore, " As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." 

Satan often incubates his plot of sin by the process f=""'ly. and made him rich 
of mental pictures, so that, in time, a man will do 
what, at another time, he would have shrunk from do- 
ing. Imagination may, therefore, be a blessing or a 
curse, according to what it contains. Some of our pic- 
tures we paint are beautiful, and we are glad to share 
them with others. Some are foolish and lead only to a 
waste of time. Of others we are ashamed, because we 
know they are evil, and should have no place in our 
thoughts. 

Since each one paints his own pictures, and looks at happiness by her 
them, it is important that we realize the influence of "Pon her lips. 

imagination on our character and conduct. Paul gave One of the happiest men we ever knew was an old 
us a good principle when he said, " But we all, with deacon who served the church with the utmost care, 
unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the and his neighbors and friends whenever he could. It 
Lord, are transformed (transfigured) into the same was his great pleasure to take a sack of flour or pota- 
image " (2 Cor. 3 : 18). What we constantly look up- toes, or a load of wood, to some poor widow. He had 



Nov. 16, the law restricting the sale to two quarts per 
month, went into effect. This law is to be in force for 
at least one year. 

According to our judgment, several mistakes were 
made: The quantity is yet too large; the time too 



ndefinite, and the restric- 



tion should not have been proclaimed so long before the 
law went into effect. There are five or six places in 
this city where these goods are retailed by the quart. 
No. 1, — the one most patronized, — is but two squares 
from where we live. As I passed by this place, the day 
before the restriction law went in force, I saw a large 
crowd of people waiting their turn to procure the de- 
sired drink. They were mostly women. Not a few 
had little children on their arms. The next day the 
■ith a staff,— a large paper stated that nearly all day long there was a crowd 
flocks and herds. It of over three hundred people awaiting their turn 
• aised Joseph from the lowly state of being a slave, to Over 10,000 quarts were sold at this one place. All 
be ruler over Egypt. customers were anxious to purchase all they could be- 

One of the happiest women we ever knew was an fore the restriction went into force, 
old Quaker lady who traveled through the country to The paper made mention of one man who had pur- 
distribute her great wealth among the needy and suffer- chased six quarts. He had waited a long time for his 
ing. She visited hospitals and asylums, as well as in- turn, and now he was happy on his way home, carrying 
dividuals in want, and dispensed to them her charities, the precious, but deadly stuff in his arm like a mother 
The joy and happiness she created in those hearts was 



reflected i 



her own heart. It gave expression to her 
hiny face and the constant smile 



on determines what we are, and this rule applies to evil 
as well as to good. If our contact is with evil, knowl- 
edge will be weakness and not power, for these impres- 
sions are the raw materials of our constructive imagi- 
nation. 



cariying a child. He wanted to take the street car 
home, just a few steps from where he made his pur- 
chase. The car was waiting and, in his hurry to make 
the car, he stumbled and fell, breaking all the bottles 
and emptying the contents on the street. Among the 
number of people who witnessed the scene, there 
seemed to be but few sympathizers, although the paper 
said the man was literally swimming in sprit. 
The reporter of the same paper also related the 
a wagon-shop on his farm, so he made a wagon just testimony of one workingvvoman to another, which he 
to loan out to his neighbors. When the wagon needed overheard while riding on the street car. She related, 
repairs, he repaired it, and loaned it out again. The with tears in her eyes, that her husband had not tasted 



grip of his hand was always hearty and \ 
from a heart overflowing with happiness. 



Many a person would pay almost any price if he died, the whole community felt its great loss, and a 
could only forget some things which he has seen or prominent railroad official said with tears in his eyes. 



heard, but he can not. Recently a young man said to 

me, " O, if only I had not gone to that place I 

Many go, but there I saw an immoral scene which, in 
spite of myself, I reflect upon. I wish I might wipe it 
from memory's wall, but I can not. I do not wonder 
that many a young man goes wrong, when he contin- 
uously hangs such pictures upon the walls of his 
mind." Ignorance is better than knowledge, in this 
case, and we agree with Paul, " I would have you wise 
unto that which is good, and simple unto that which is 
evil" (Rom. 16: 19b). 

Contact with evil, and even the thinking of evil, will 
surely influence any one unless he resists it ( Matt. 5 ; 
22, 28; 18: 8, 9). 

" Vice is a monster of so frightful mien 
As, to be hated, needs but to be seen; 
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face. 
We first endure, then pity, then embrace." 

Our minds were made for good thoughts, and if we 
fill them with the pure, no room will be left for the 
evil (Philpp. 4: 8). 



' Uncle Sam was the best man I ever knew." 

"The quality of mercy is not straiii'd. 
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven 
Upon the place beneath; it is twice bless'd: 
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. 

Fruita, Colo. . ^ . 

Sweden on the Way to Prohibition 



any sprit for five years, but the other day he took to 
drinking again. He had bought all he could, and had, 
for several days, been in a drunken stupor. She said 
in a determined tone: " It would be well it this miser- 
able drunkenness could come to an end." .She voiced 
the sentiment of many a mother in this city. 

There are also other restrictions along this line. No 
sprit or brandy can be served at a cafe with less than 
a 50 ore meal, and then only one sip, or one glass of 
beer. 

The oflficial cause for these restrictions is stated 
in the following few words : " Because of the favorable 
results of former restriction laws." Another cause 
may be the scarcity of potatoes, sugar beets and other 



for the family. A long list of 
its trail. 

For some years three societies have been working 
for temperance and prohibition, in order to lift this 
people to a higher plane. One of these is the White 
Ribbon Society, — the Swedish branch of the W. C. T. 
Before laying down my pen, let me suggest that U., the others the Good Templars, and the Blue Ribbon 
some people would enjoy their Christian life much Society. While their work has not been so aggressive, 
more, and their experiences would be much sweeter, it certainly has not been in vain. They have created 



BY J. F. GRAYBILL 

Sweden has felt no little effect from alcohol 
liquors. The cities are well supplied with large brewer- cereals for distilling. The Government prohibits the 
ies, and the country has numerous distilleries. A distilling of sugar beets because they are needed to Sup- 
large part of the workingman's earnings was used to ply the scarcity of sugar. Still another cause,— and 
purchase that which destroys health and ruins the soul, the one most justifiable,— is to direct the money, dur- 
instead of buying the much needed -bread and clothes ing these times of high cost of living, into useful chan- 
Iso followed in nels. and for the purchase of necessary comforts of 



life. 

The effect of this restriction, — while favorable to the 
mother of a family in which there is a drinking father, 
and while it is beneficial to business men and a large 
mass of the people in general, is not meeting with favor 
with those who have made their living by the liquor 
traflic. " The Hotel and Restaurant Keepers' Associa- 
tion " is protesting against this new law. Saloons, 



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THE GOSP&L MESSENGER- January 37, 1917 



cafes, restaurants and hotels are not frequented so 
much. The hotelkeeper can not afford to let his 
customers be seated around the tahles while sober. 
While music is a great attraction, it takes something 
more to hold them. His profits are also too small to 
pay for tlie music. He protests on the ground that his 
business is ruined. He does not consider that his busi- 
ness has ruined many homes. Then, too, many waiters 
will be out of work. A number of these will fall on 
the Poor Warden's hands, — so it is predicted by the 
well-fed hotelkeeper. 

Some who are determined to keep up their habit, 
cross the sound to Copenhagen, purchase liquor there, 
and bring it to Malmo. A number have been examined 
at the custom-house and several arrests have been 
made. It may seem a little hard for some to get along 
with only two quarts a month, but as time goes on 
people will leam to adjust themselves more and more 
to conditions, and be the better off for it. We pray 
that, for the good of this country, the restriction may 
be even more stringent and that the time for the re- 
striction may be lengthened, until Sweden shall be en- 
rolled as a prohibition country. 

Malmo, Sivcdcn, Nov. 24. 



virility of the church, ennoble its citizenship and 
' make glad his praises in the sanctuary of the Lord." 
Troy, Ohio. ^ ^ ^ 

Elder Jacob Brower 

BY A. H. BROWER 

as propnred for publication io the 



Hi Chun 
biographical sketches In the 11)17 Aim 



The Country Church Problem 

BY OEAN S. YOUNT 

Whatever may be said, relative to the decadence of 
the once prosperous and highly valued country church, 
as an institutional center and spiritual promoter of 
strong morals, it is not superseded by anything that 
can well take its place. All tlie more the wonder of it. 
Statistics tell us that every year hundreds of buildings, 
dedicated to Jehovah, are being closed, and only too 
soon converted to secular uses. Has the church be- 
come too common and numerous? Are the people 
seeking after other gods? Are the people the victims 
of a system they are helpless to control? The answers 
are many and varied. We venture to suggest one rea- 
son that obtains where like conditions are the same. 

The speculative period has passed in farm property, 
and the speculator has moved on, in pursuit of his aims. 
The farms are now owned principally by those living 
in cities, and the tenant system now forms a vital part 
in the country church problem, — so vital, in fact, that 
upon the tenant and his family hinges the life or death 
of tlie church. Such a state portends the danger mark 
in our country's growth. No doubt sucli neighborhoods 
and districts will be referred to, by the traveler of the 
future, as the " tenant farm districts of our country," 
— very similar to the " peasant districts " of Europe, or 
our " city tenement districts." 

This is the season of the year when farm sales 
abound, and for several weeks around March I, is the 
moving time. Many farm tenants, after having sales, 
either move on a farm in another neighborhood, or to 
a near by city. Others move from place to place, al- 
ways with the hope of bettering their condition. In 
this manner the entire complexion of the district is 
changed, socially and religiously, and, sad to relate, to 
the detriment of the country church. Where, perhaps, 
the Baptists enjoyed a fair-sized membership, the at- 
tendance at church is changed to a mixed congregation, 
and soon dies down, — the sect spirit being stronger 
than the spirit of united cooperation. This is a demon- 
strated fact, and obtains over a large area. 

Then, too, the automobile has begun to play a more 
important part than heretofore. The Sabbath Day is 
being desecrated to an alarming extent in visiting back 
and forth, from neighborhood to neighborhood. This 
causes variableness in church attendance. The fre- 
quent visiting and being visited, militates against the 
work and support that are necessary to keep up the 
church and her workers. In many instances the prin- 
cipal workers move from the neighborhood, and the 
difficulty of reorganization is made necessary. 

Effectively to solve the problem, as it is rapidly ma- 
turing today, sapping the very life of tlie church, and 
destroying her influence upon coming generations, is 
well nigh impossible. Possibly something might be 
done by a more general vesting of the ownership of the 
soil in those who till it, and make their homes and liv- 
ii^ from it. The earth, farmed by its owners, brings a 
subility to the community that will insure the life and 



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Eld. Jacob Brower was born in an humble country 
home in Augusta County, Va., Sept. 10, 1817. He was 
the oldest of a faimly of six children of Christian 
Brower and Susannah (Wine) Brower. His mother 
was called home when he was in his fourteenth year. 

School facilities, at that time, were not the best, 
compared with our modern conveniences, but he im- 
proved the opportunities well, and received his edu- 
cation in a log schoolhouse, with slab benches for seats. 
As one of the main studies in that day was the Bible, 
he early developed and manifested a deep insight into 
the Sacred Oracles, which was characteristic of him 
throughout his entire long and useful life. 

He had such a strong anxiety for education that he 
obtained a number of books, and took up the study of 
some of the branches which he did not have in school. 
After his school-days were over, he, in company with 
two other young men and two older men, — five in all, 
— made a trip to Ohio on horseback. This was about 
1838 or 1839, when much of that country was yet 
covered with timber. This trip was made at least part- 
ly to see the country. One of the older men was a 
minister and did preaching whenever there was an op- 
portunity. 

Bro. Brower was never physically strong, and dur- 
ing those years some thought that he would not live 
long, but this was only one of the many times when 
humanity did not know the real facts. 

May 24, 1842, he was married to Anna Miller, of 
Rockingham County, of the same State, who proved 
herself a true helpmeet to him in his later labors in the 
ministry. It was not then customary for people to 
unite with the church until they were married and 
settled down in life. Soon after his marriage, there- 
fore, he, with his faithful companion, united with 
God's people. They were baptized into the Church of 
the Brethren in the same county where he was born. 
It was soon manifest that the young man would be use- 
ful in the ministry. No doubt he would have been 
elected sooner, had it not also then been a custom not 
to elect any one to the ministry until in middle life. 
In 1847, however, when he was thirty years old, he 
was chosen to tlie ministry. He soon became active 
and powerful in that office, — more especially along ex- 
pository lines. He preached to edification, evidencing 
great faithfulness in attending sen-ices. He went the 
then usual way, — horseback, — often with his compan- 
ion, each taking one or two children. 

The church soon saw fit to advance htm to the 
second degree of the ministry, and in 1854 he was or- 
dained to the eldership in the same congregation where 
he united with the church, 

He had a desire, for some years, to move west, be- 
lieving that his efforts might be more fruitful, both 
spiritually and temporally. Accordingly, in the fall of 
1855, he, with his companion and six children, made 
the long trip, by private conveyance, from his native 
State to Keokuk County, Iowa. Here they united in 
membership with the little nucleus of members known 
as the English River congregation. This section, — 
then known as the " Far West," — was a vast expanse 
of prairie, with few inhabitants, but the early settlers 
soon found the soil very productive, and yielding read- 
ily to the labors of the faithful husbandman. Other 
settlers soon came, and the desert began to blossom as 
the rose. Calls came for preaching from far and near. 
The means of travel, then, were slow and tiresome, 
compared with what we now enjoy. 

Bro. Brower used much of his time in traveling over 
the State, as well as other States, doing church work, 
and building up the cause he loved so well. Mission 
work then meant work indeed. It meant exposure, 
with long and tedious journeys. Sometimes he would 
be gone for weeks at a time, doing church work. His 
faithful companion remained at home, looking after 
the affairs of the family. 



It was not uncommon, in that day, to have a min- 
ister go twenty or thirty miles to preach a funeral. 
When thus solicited, Bro. Brower would at once saddle 
his horse and go with the man who requested his serv- 
ices. Sometimes the call would come about the mid- 
night hour, and very early in the morning the two 
would start on their journey together. 

Bro. Brower had the oversight of a number of 
churches during his time. In 1871 he was chosen as 
presiding elder of the English River congregation, 
which position he held until 1879. During his admin- 
istration the church prospered, and grew in numbers 
as well as in spiritual strength. 

It was not then as it is now,— that people had papers 
and books to read in abundance. What books Bro. 
Brower had, were along religious lines. More especial- 
ly was the Bible his constant companion. Upon its 
truths he meditated much of his time. 

I do not remember of ever seeing him have sermon 
notes. Frequently he would say, " Brethren, read some 
scripture." Then one of us would open the Book and 
read. At once he would begin at tlie same scripture 
and give us a good sermon. To this day we hear 
people say, " We never heard others preach as he 
preached," 

He reared a family of eight children, — all growing 
to maturity. He lived to see all of his children and 
their companions in the church of his choice. All his 
sons and all his sons-in-law, save one, are in the official 
body; also some of his grandchildren. Three af his 
sons (all elders) have crossed the river of death. 

While Bro. Brower's -work was mostly in the Eng- 
lish language, he also preached some sermons in the 
German language, when it seemed best to do so. He 
did not live in the day of Sunday-schools, series of 
meetings, and opportunities as we now have them. In 
his later life, however, he did some work in Sunday- 
school, and held a few short series of meetings. 

He served his District on Standing Committee at 
Annual Meeting a number of times ; likewise acting as 
Moderator at our District Meetings. 

His companion having passed over a few years be- 
fore, he, after much suffering, quietly went to his re- 
ward at his home Dec. 6, 1900, at the ripe age of 
eighty-three years, two months and twenty-six days. 
As the wheat is gathered into the gamer, so the Lord 
gathers his own to himself, in due time, and their 
works do follow them. 

His funeral was held in the old churchhouse, east of 
South English, which still stands as a living monument 
of the work of the pioneer members. The services 
were conducted by Elders John Gable and H. C. N. 
Coffman, after which his body was laid to rest in the 
cemetery near by, to await the resurrection of the just. 
Peace be to his ashes ! 

I am indebted to Eld. Peter Brower, deceased, for 
preparing much of the material for this sketch during 
his lifetime. 

South English, Iowa. 



" The World Won for Christ " 

BY I. J. ROSENBERGER 

Some time ago I attended a Sunday-school conven- 
tion. There was hung upon the wall a map of the 
world. The countries said to be Christianized were 
represented in light colors, while the heathen countries 
were represented in dark colors. A brother explained 
that the goal of the church was to Christianize the 
world, — make all those dark colors white. He further 
showed, by mathematical computation, how many 
people each Christian would have to convert, so that 
the desired goal might be reached, and the entire world 
would be converted. 

The words of my topic constitute a common claim 
today. They come from the press and many pulpits, — 
our own Fraternity included. In the columns of the 
Messenger, recently, occurred tliese words, alluding to 
Paul's last days : " His eyes were set on Rome, the 
capital of the world. It was nothing less than the con- 
quest of the worid for Christ, that Paul had set out to, 
accomplish." 

Was this Paul's goal? If so, he was not m sight of 
this goal at the timfr-of his deathl On the contrary, he 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 27, 1917 



repeats the statement :" TAat he might save some." 
This was not winning the world for Christ. 

Christ's explanation of the parable of the tares and 
the .wheat, — the intermingled condition of the tares 
and wheat in the end of the world, — precludes all idea 
of the conversion of the world in this Gospel age. 
Speaking of the last days, Christ himself says: " False 
Christs shall arise, . . . and if possible deceive the very 
elect. ... As it was in the days of the Son of Man, . . . 
and of Lot, . . . even thus shall it be when the Son of 
man is revealed. . . . Verily, when the Son of Man com- 
eth, shall he find faith on the earth?" These texts 
clearly show that the world wilt not be won for Oirist 
at the close of this Christian age. 

Relative to matters of state, the Scriptures show that 
unrighteousness shall hold sway. As to the family, the 
son shall be against the father, the daughter against 
the mother, and a man's foes shall be those of^is own 
house. And there " shall be wars and rumors of wars," 
" nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against 
kingdom." The foregoing show that the doctrine al- 
luded to in my text, is but fanciful, if not fanatical, 
and contradicts the general teaching of all New Testa- 
ment writers on my subject. 

Let us call up some of the Fathers and let them tes- 
tify on this very important subject. 

Luther says: "This is not true, but a trick of the 
devil, — that people are led to believe that the whole 
world shall become Christian. It is the devil's doing 
to darken sound doctrine, and prevent it from being 
rightly understood." 

Melanchthon says : " The church in this life is never 
to attain a position of universal triumph, but is to re- 
main depressed^^ subject to afflictions, until the resurrec- 
tion. , . . All that God has promised, concerning his 
church in this dispensation is, that by it the offer of 
salvation shall be made to mankind, . . . and that God 
shall have his acknowledged representatives in every 
generation. No one pretends that there has been any 
failure in this respect." 

Dr. Seiss says in his lectures: " Crimes argue noth- 
ing against the excellency of the laws. No more is 
the Gospel responsible for man's perversion of it. Nay, 
these very apostasies help to evidence its divinity. ... 
Having foretold them is proof that he knew the end of 
all things from the beginning. He predicted a falling 
away, a coming of false prophets in sheeps' clothing, 
a departing from the faitli, the bringing in of damnable 
heresies. . . . Nor does it follow that we must consider 
the Gospel a failure because of these augmenting de- 
fections." 

To the controverted question : " Is the world grow- 
ing better or worse? " the distinguished Charles Had- 
don Spurgeon gave this answer before his large con- 
gregation of five thousand, in one of his last sermons : 
" As far as charity and benevolence are concerned, the 
world is growing better, but as far as true piety and 
Bible Christianity is concerned, the world is growing 
worse and worse." 

Covington, Ohio. 



Qualifications of a Primary Teacher 

BY FLORENCE L. MOHLER 

I THINK all agree that the first and greatest qualifi- 
cation of a primary teacher is a real love for little chil- 
dren. Without love, all efforts are in vain. To do ef- 
fective work, the teacher must also have the love of the 
child. Therefore I would say : 

1. The primary teacher should have the power to 
win the child's love in return. This power is inde- 
scribable. We all have noticed, however, how some 
folks readily gain the good will of little children, while 
others (try as they will) fail to win a child's favor. 
Neither beauty, age, wealth, nor culture, serves as an 
inducement to a child's affections. Its little mind is 
unpolluted by the vanities of this world. I have seen 
children ignore the attentions of the most beautiful and 
refined persons, while drawn by some unseen power to 
the more homely, unassuming person. A child is quick 
to discern whether a teacher's love is sincere or 
feigned. 

2. The primary teacher should feel her responsibil- 
ity. She has a large part, in moulding the lives of the 



little ones, entrusted to her care. Their welfare should 
be her chief concern. 

As she realizes that she is dealing with little plants 
in God's great garden, she will strive to teach them in 
all good things, that they may grow up pure and strong 
in his service. Think of a gardener exerting himself 
to cultivate beautiful and useful plants, and to destroy 
the weeds. Just so will the teacher, lovingly and tact- 
fully, strive to awaken the beautiful in tlie child na- 
ture. If, perchance, a weed appears, she plucks it up 
at its first appearance. 

To do this, she must have an understanding heart, 
and patience unbounded. A teacher's love would be 
so much deeper, and her patience so much greater, if 
she always knew the motive that prompts a child's 
action. Children are naturally active, and if not given 
something to do, will find something themselves, with- 
out any thought of being disobedient or mischievous. 
Then, if misunderstood by the teacher, they may be 
censured unjustly. She should have tact and ability to 
keep their minds busy and thus direct their energies 
aright. 

The teacher is largely responsible for the interest or 
lack of interest shown by the class. When she really 
loves her little ones and her work, she will do her best 
to make their hour at Sunday-school a most happy and 
interesting one. And what interests the little folks 
more than a good story, well-told? Yes, the primary 
teacher should be brimful of Bible stories, and able to 
present them in a way that the child may readily grasp. 

3. The primary teacher should be child-like. She 
should be able to come down to the level of the child ; 
to see things from a child's viewpoint ; to know its feel- 
ings, and to respect the same. Some things, which 
seem but trifles to us, may seem very important to the 
little child. The best way to know and understand its 
feelings, is to go back, in memory, to the time when 
you were a child, and remember, if you can, the feel- 
ings of your own heart and mind. 

The term child-like embraces much. Christ used n 
little child as an example of humility. Then he said. 
"Except ye be converted, and become as little chil- 
dren, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." 

Notice a child's simple faith. A mother had given 
her children a few toys and books while she went up- 
stairs to attend to some work. The two played togeth- 
er happily for quite a while. Then a voice called from 
the foot of the stairs: "Mama, Mama, where are 
you ? " 

" Right here," came the answer. 

" Oh, all right." 

The child went back to her play. About half an 
hour later, the voice called again, " Mama, are you up 
there yet?" 

" Yes, I'm here," assured the mother. 

"All right, I just wondered." 

Again the little one went back to her play, satis- 
fied, just to know that mother was near. 

Oh, that every teacher might show that child-like 
faith in Jesus, knowing that he has just gone up there 
for a time, and is still within calling distance, ready 
to help whenever we ask ! Not until the teacher shows 
that true confidence in her Master, can she lead the 
children to see the beauty of the Christ-life. 

An interesting characteristic of a child is its willing- 
ness to learn. The child-like teacher will always realize 
that there is yet much for her to learn ; that she can 
ever grow in grace, and wisdom, and understanding. 
She will not be satisfied to be a good teacher, but will 
always aim to be a better one. As soon as a teacher 
becomes self-satisfied, or thinks that she has attained 
to the standard of perfection, so soon she tf/jqualifics 
herself as a teacher. 

The growing, child-like teacher will feel the need of 
the help and guidance of a Higher Power, to lead her 
in the paths of righteousness; so that those who imitate 
her, and follow in her footsteps, be not led astray. 

Some may wonder, "Who (then) is sufficient (or 
qualified) for these things? " Not I, nor even you, of 
yourself. But let us not despair, for, while putting our 
trust in God, through Christ, are we sufficient. It is 
written in 2 Cor. 3:5," Not that we are sufficient of 
ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our 
sufficiency is of God." 

New Holland, Pa. 



Notes From Our Correspondents 



a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far countr 



I clecte<l Smiili 



roll.— Sn rah 



of meeting'^ 



Oil Oliristiiias Kve the children 
of much ruin the nttendancc wns 
Our ThnnksBlvlne offerlne waa 



nttendai 

■ Worlil-wlrte Mlsal 

vo lis two Btll 
-EuliiUa Ove: 



linltnor, H. n. 1, Covinn, Cnl., Jan. 13. 

I,oriliibur(r rhiirch mot In conncU Inst Tuosday eveiilnff. TIio 
iisiiiil roports, etc., were given. After the report of the SlHtera' 
Altl Society, onr elder, Bro. W. F. Enfrlnnd (who presided over 
ttio nioetlng), presented n heniitlful wonlen qnllt in a few fitting 
reiniirks to the President, Sister Minnie 0. Eby, and another one to 
!7.Ie Martin. Each Bister in our Aid 



Society (except tlio t 



I HUeman Miller, 



loyed a very interCBtlng niisslonarr I 
. ICby, nbont his work In India. He i 



. D. h. Miller. 



general theme of the i 
Church and coninninlt, 
held our council. Our dear eldei 

hiN speedy recovery. Th© conncll was condin-tpa by Brethren 
Harvey Elkenberry and D. H. Fornoy. nro. Tohn Younff was 
elected Sundny-acliool stiperlntendfnt Uir the {■nmlng six months. 
Kro. K. H. IDby was with ua on Jan. n, I and r.. Up gave ns threii 
fitroiig missionary aernions. At the (■luse nf these sermona n nils. 
slonary ottering nf nearly WO was taken, besides several Bubserili- 
tinns.— (Mrw.) W. H. Meyers, Italsln, Cal.. Jan. 11. 

TrlKo. — At onr recent council all church ofllcerB were held over 
for another year. The writer Is Sunday-school supcriutendont. 



I Study chiBs as noon as our books 
ide every member of onr little co 
Mrs. Mamie Sink, Trigo, Cal., Jan. 

COLORADO 

I 

'sldent. 
I much appreciated.— Maude Brown, Fru 



■an chosen presiding elder for the i 



of iBOlnted member! 



iiucli appreciated by the church, 
the failing health of our elder's wife, it Is In- 
preachliig every Sunday.— Hdnn Amos, McClave, 

IDAHO 



, Jan. 10, 

I 
mpa.— Our two weeks of Bible Ii 



church, but I 
and In the 



;nHght by Bro. I>. 
?d, expressed 
nbers of our 
ning Bession, 



landu Oarber, Nai 
ILLINOIS 



offlcerB. We decided to have 
prayer meting each WedncHda; 
ville, HI., Jan. 15. 

Batavltt.— Dec. 15 our congregation met at the church, to 
com© Into our midst our new pastor, A. P. Musaelman. and 
A short, pleasing program was rendered, followed by an e: 
able social hour. Friday evening._Dec. 22. onr Sunday 
presented an Interesting 

8 our church met in couiii.u, um cm^;.. "• ^ - . -., 

siding. It wad decided to have Bro. Norman Conover, of Chi; 
to hold a series of meetings, beginning Monday, Jan. 
meetings will be preceded by 
K. Netzley, Batavla, 111., Jan. 

Champaiffn— we are in the midst of a very interesting 



"The Story of the Star." Jan. 

- C. Kindy, pre- 

ver, of Chicago. 

Jan. 22. These 

of prayer meetings.- Nellie 



ii D. Heckman, of Oakley, III., is doing the 
nreaciilng." His powerful sermons are drawing large crowds. Sis- 
ter Mary Hoots, of La Place, HI., is leading n very inspiring 
song service each evening. Jan. 7 Bro. 0. P. Haines, of Cerro 
Gordo. 111., installed our Sunday-school officer?. The service was 
very impressive. Our Sunday-school takes on more new lire, as 



Haines preached a strong and i 



Primary Department, Sister 





eckman being superlntende 


at of it. We started a kinder- 




before Christmas, which 










We ha 




ts of parents, by this means, 



have secured tlie services of Sister Mina Heckman for this work. 

She proves to be a very competent teaclier, being able to \na 

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THE ROUND TABLE 



Hiding from God 

BY MRS. GRACE R. SELL 

A iLW days ago, while perusing the columns of a 
local newspaper, my eyes fell on the following news 
item, sent out by a news -gathering agency, from 
Murphy, N. C. : " In an altercation with a playmate, 
twenly-five years ago, R. L. Phillips threw a rock, 
striking the other boy on the head, killing him. Fear- 
ful of the consequences, he fled, and for a quarter of a 
century^ liis whereabouts have been UTiknown. — even to 
his own father. Recently Phillips appeared here, and 
gave himself up to the authorities, after revealing his 
identify. He had been in the AVest and had accumu- 
lated considerable means. His own father and broth- 
ers did not recognize him. He will stand trial for the 
death of his playmate." 

■ It is a strange story, yet many similar stories have 
often been published. Murder will out, is an old say- 
ing, but the feature of the story that appealed to me 
was not the literal return of the boy, to expiate the 
crime he bad committed, but the application of his re- 
turn, to siimers. 

We run away from God, and serve the enemy of the 
"w odd for so long that w^hen wc return, God scarcely 
recognizes us ns the once pure spirit whom he created, 
and placed in the world. But wc do not have to stand 
trial; we stand convicled when we return. A guilty 
conscience needs no 
show our penitence and 

must lead a life that will stand the lest of godliness. 
; conscience has called, is the 
s not be among those who 
Let us"retum to our Father 
and Elder Brother, that they may again Jearn to know 
us. They have love in store for us, and will do us good. 

HoUidayshurg, Pa. 



We must seek out God, 
■ forgiveness. Then we 



The failure (o return, one 
unpardonable sin. Let 
fail to respond to the call, 



According to the Scriptures 

BY PAUL MOHLER 
■' I delivered unto you first of all that which also I 
received: that Christ died for our sins according to the 
scriptures" (1 Cor. 15: 3). 

There was a time when I thought I knew just what 
it meant for Christ to die " for our sins." No other 
thought came into my mind but that Christ died to pay 
the penalty which was due me because of my sins. 
Then a young man came back from school and taught 
my Sunday-school class that this was all a mistake, — 
that Jesus just suffered what came to him in the path 
of duty, — not as an atonement for our sins at all. He 
didn't quite destroy my convictions, but he set me to 
thinking, and when I found that same doctrine taught, 
again and again, in the church, by men of education, I 
found it necessary to go to the scriptures with the 
question. Perhaps there are others that need to do 
likevrise. 

The " scriptures " here mentioned are, of course, 
other scriptures than Paul's own writings, but I have a 
right to fake Paul's own statement into consideration, 
and find that " died for our sins " will admit of the ordi- 
nary interpretation. Taking it with Paul's other state- 
ment of 1 Tim. 2: 6, that (Christ) "gave himself a 
ransom for all," I have good reason for believing that 
Paul's teaching w^as what I received, and which other 
evangelical Christians have received in childhood. 

But on what scriptures did Paul base his understand- 
ing? I know that he had the law and the prophets. I 
know that the law taught the doctrine of atonement by 
the blood of a sacrifice. Turning from that to the 
prophets. I find Isaiah saying. " He was wounded for 
our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities. 
- . . Jehovah hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. . . . 
He was cut off out of the land of the living for the 
transgression of my people to whom the stroke was 
due. It pleased Jehovah to bruise him. . . . When thou 
shalt make his soul an offering for sin. he shall see his 
seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of Je- 
hovah shall prosper in his hand " (Isa. 53). 

Study this subject until you exhaust it ; these words 
will stand unshaken. 

I am now ready for the " learned and eloquent " 



philo.-^opher that tries to tell me that atonement does 
not call for suflfering, that God does not require a 
.sacrifice, etc., etc. As authorities on what God is and 
wliat he wants, I will take Abraham, Moses, David, 
Isaiah, Jesus Christ, Peter, and Paul in preference to 
all the university professors in Germany and America. 
There were universities, libraries, philosophers, and 
priests in plenty, in the land of the Chaldeans, none of 
them as far as we know, teaching about God as Abra- 
ham knew him, but Abraham " believed God and it was 
accounted unto him for righteousness." Let me be a 
child of Abraham! 

I2W Twcniy-fifih Ave., North, Minneapolis, Minn. 



Patriotism 

BY IRA H. FRANTZ 

Patriotism, in the ordinary acceptation of the term, 
is not a Christian virtue. It will pass very well as a 
pagan virtue, but it is usually too narrow in spirit to 
be Christian. Patriotism and the Golden Rule are, as 
a general thing, opposed to each other. If the Golden 
Rule can not be applied to collective dealings, as well 
as to individual dealings, it is not a perfect rule, and 
Christianity is not a perfect religion. But it can be so 
applied. Moreover, the nation that refuses so to apply 
it. can not be called a Christian nation. 

Nations persistently refuse to consider questions 
from the other nation's view-point. We stand up for 
our rights and insist on having tliem. It matters noth- 
ing whether other nations get any rights or not. Other 
people may prosper or perish as they can. That is not 
our business. 

A ship is sunk, and half a dozen Americans are 
drowned. We raise a terrible howl of complaint. It 
does not matter that the Americans were warned to 
keep off the ship. We care nothing about the hun- 
dreds of other people drowned also, but we are patriot- 
ic, and insist on apologies and reparation for loss of 
American life. 

We discuss " protection " and " free trade," as 
though the prosperity of American commerce and 
manufacture were the only thing that mattered, blind- 
ing our eyes to the fact that if other people can do a 
certain thing more economically than we can, it is to 
our interest, as well as theirs, to let them do it, while 
we do the other thing, which we can do more econom- 
ically than tliey. 

Patriotism is usually selfish. It forgets the brother- 
hood of man. Patriotism is often folly. It forgets the 
mutual interdependence of all peoples, and makes na- 
tions act against their own best interests. Patriotism 
is pagan. It leads people to look upon God as a god 
of their nation only. 

The Christian should not be patriotic but cosmo- 
politan. Jesus Christ was cosmopolitan. Not only 
the fatherland but the world ! Not only are the men 
in New York and California my brothers, but those in 
England, in Germany, in Japan, in India. These are 
my brothers also, and the wrongs they suffer should 
arouse my sympathies and my righteous indignation, 
as w^ell as the wrongs suffered by my own countrymen. 

Patriotism has been much lauded, but as commonly 
regarded, it is too narrow. We must be more than 
patriotic, — citizens of the entire world I 

Mount Morris. Hi 



" Why Not Judge? " 

BY JACOB FUNK 

Because of the fact that we do not understand the 
peculiar environment, the hereditary influence, the tem- 
perament, the severity of the temptation, etc., to which 
people are exposed, Jesus said, " Judge not." We are 
not capable of judging until w^e put ourselves in exactly 
the other fellow's place, and as this is simply impossible 
to do, therefore we are not to judge. Only one who 
knows all about us, is capable to exercise righteous 
judgment. ■ 

The worid is too full of criticism. Possibly this is 
due to the fact that it is so easy to find fault. Spurgeon 
said that it takes neither head nor heart, and so, follow- 
ing the line of least resistance, we criticise and find 
fault. 

He who came to save and not to condemn, gave to 
the world a much needed lesson in his manner of deal- 



ing with the woman brought to him by tlie scribes and 
Pharisees. Guilty she was, without a doubt. A strict 
interpretation of the law would have required that she 
be stoned. Stem justice would leave no place for any 
repentance. Indeed, it was not to be expected. The 
woman had sinned, and the law was very plain as to 
what was to be done in the case. 

These, however, are but the external evidences. 
Jesus knew the exact condition relating to the woman's 
sin. There possibly was a man in the case. Christ, 
however, needed no law of interpretation as to what 
needed to be done. He came not to condemn but to 
save just such as this poor, sinful woman, and so the 
w-ords that made the poor woman's heart leap for joy, 
" Neither do I condemn thee ; go and sin no more." 
Well, friends, if a little more o^ this method were used 
in the present day, what a vast difference it would 
make in the saving of men for God ! We are not judg- 
es. God is the Judge. We are ambassadors for him 
and, as such, his will we must do. When this is done, 
we will be so busy in helping to save men' that we will 
have no time to judge them. Let the church become 
intensely interested in the saving of her young people 
for God, and she need not go to the trouble of disown- 
ing them for disobedience. 

Wiley, Colo. ^^^ 

Preachers Yielding Up Their Rights 

BY M. M. ESHELMAN 

The opening of 1917 brought to my vision a scrip- 
ture that calls loudly for some meditation. If is 1 Cor. 
9: 7-18. I think I have arrived at a point, in age and 
experience, when I may speak out in the assembly of 
the Messenger. 

In the reformation of 1708 the zeal of its promoters 
evinced fortitude and high purpose. The Scriptures 
of Divine Will appealed to them as a whole, and, in 
most instances, in the parts. The one above named, 
however, seems to have been a little neglected. The 
principle of caring for the ministry is as deeply imbed- 
ded in the Divine System as the principles of appearing 
in prayer as suggested in chapter eleven. The cover- 
ing, during prayer, ought to have been accompanied by 
the principle of ministerial support, with the same 
vigor, but the truth is that the ministry was, and likely 
is, in the majority of cases, made to disclaim the right 
of living by preaching the Gospel, on the ground that 
the church is apprehensive that the principle might be 
abused! And so the preachers have come down the 
way, suffering for just needs. Denying this, only ag- 
gravates the lack on the part of the church. 

Is it not true that, whenever a man was called to 
preach the Gospel, 1 Cor. 9: 14 and its correlatives 
were utterly silenced? What has been done? We 
know the results. The minister had to keep " silent on 
this, his due," though " the Lord hath ordained," — set 
apart, — " that they which preach the gospel should live 
of the gospel." The reasons were first laid down in 
1 Cor. 9; 7-13 in the most forceful way. But who has 
believed this practically? Who has operated it? There 
is no organization to put it into effect, but temperance 
and other movements have run ahead of this. 

Paul disclaimed bis right to live by preaching the 
Gospel, lest his heathen converts might make his 
" glorying void." But the rights remain, so long as the 
minister does not disclaim them. But because he does 
not voluntarily relinquish his Divine right, what just 
right has the church to hide under his modesty? It is 
one thing to say that we have the " whole Gospel," and 
quite another thing to operate all its parts. We might 
just as well fear to wash one another's feet, lest some 
one should fall into a basin of water and drown, as to 
refuse or neglect to put into effect 1 Cor. 9: 7-17, lest 
some one injure himself by receiving his just duesl 
No man ever obeyed, while harboring a fear that a 
wrong might result by his act. No one ever pleased 
God by neglecting a duty, a privilege, a vested right, 
for fear that these might be abused. Never! This is 
one thing the Lord ordained that no people can afford 
to disregard. 

On the other hand, the great danger of abuse, in giv- 
ing a preacher his just dues for worthy and edifying 
sen'ice is, that the " itch " for money, on the part of 
the congregation, leads into " society functions " that 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 27, 1917 



lead deplorably downward. If there is an evil, next to 
that of the saloons, it is most likely the harmful effect 
of social organizations which largely root out godly 
principles in men's lives. The " clubs," the " leagues," 
■ ihc " federations," the societies for mere amusement, 
are being used for the fiesh on all hands. Whenever a 
people must have " stomach money " before funds can 
be given to God's cause, you may be sure that there is 
an earthly god around somewhere. This " god " scores 
some vci'y good Brethren from making 1 Cor. 9: 14 ef- 
fective in the graces of giving to God. Let us get out 
into the sunshine of kindness and perfection in this 
scripture, as well as in all others, where God can bless 



Troph 



. Cat. 



SISTERS' AID SOCIETIES 



one box to Marlon. Ind. i 
Snrnh E. White, Hiintingtoi 
—Our Sisters' Aid Si 
'oriTJiiilKe for 1017. by elet-tinp SisI 
ister Lizzie Derrick, Assistant; the 
IJnrlnj: inifi we held fortv-live me. 
Ings. Totiil number of nttendiince, 



alf (liiys 
e;ir with 
t; Sister 



meetings nnil twelve called meetings, 
nine; average attendnncc, nineteen plii.s. 
by death during the year. We made 17.' 
comforts, seventy-six sheets, twenty pii 



will offerinB: ?13.60, birthday 
white sale; 145.60, prayer cove 
things soid; ?121.00. for 



menis diirlug Bible class, 
ditiires during the 
i-hiircb; $60 for nati 



, 15183.2 1 for 1 






1 fee to General Aid Society; ?.!. JIary Qnli 
Memorial fund: ^"i, I. P. A. Scholarship nt Bridgewater C'oMe 
?I7.57, tablerloths for College; $5, District Mission Board; ?4. 
for mothers' room; ?12.02 Lafit np the day students' room nt 
College; $!i to a family 0»osc house burned :*?3.28 for (Inwi 
This leaves a balance on hand of $17.40. We also sent six bo 
of clothing and things to eat to poor families. We gave one s 



sister. 



I shut-in sister, and < 
elected for 1 
dent; Sister Katy Cline, Vice-President; Sister Lizzie Thoi 
Secretary; Sister Annie Plory. Treasurer; Sister Kate Good, 



: Sister Ella 



, and Sisters Alice Wright and Mary ( 
ents. — Mrs. W, S. J'lory, Bridgewater, Va., Jan. 8. 

CEBRO GORDO, ILt.— The following is the report of ( 
ters' Aid Society from Jan. 1, 1016, to Jan. 1. 1017: We heb 





-Estella Mnlnger, Secretary, 


Mechnnicsbiir 


J. Pa,. Jiin. 12. 


■:RAI- CREEl 


MO.-Oi.r Aid Sorlety held 


• .v..ar. ?43.r.r,. 


nn'.rst'.enrivl'r' m:>t Jr"?' id! 


. II.'lm, ^i f. 




Uf»' Doi-niitoi 


,■ at McPlier.sni, , m. n. ■ m- 


mllies. $4. \ 


e donated ?li in ■ ■■■ ■ >■■ ■! 










Maud McDan 





ived from other 



1140 Lucus Street, Muscatine, Iowa, Jan. 1-3.. 
NEW WINDSOH, MD,— Our Sisters' Aid Si 
meetings, with an nv< 



meeting was held at BIue 
imount collected during the 



I Society. 
1 quilted 



Aid Society from Dec. IG. 1015, 
leetings, The total number presp 



$27.63; for articles made and sold, $23.8r»; l: 
$18.50; for qunting, $26.25; from furnishing hi 
total amount received, $230.11. We paid out 
our church; made several special donations, 
bought clothing for some poor, $10:87; ninti 
$80.98: total amount paid out, ?26S.n8. We hi 



ciety for 1016: Number of all-da: 



nttendance ol membp 


rs. (nelve 


number of qnilts qiiiltea d 


tlie year, two: niiinb 


r of comfo 




for quilllnB, J18.50; 


for conif. 


rts, ?6,2ij; by genernl folle 


?17.01: by donations 


112.77. / 




the yenr. fM.SS: am 






cn.1 expenses, »I5.S2 


donation 





, Kurtz Miller, $5; one comfort I 
ily in town; to Bro. O. F. Helm, of Georgia, $5; to Sister Nel 
Senger, of China, $5; to Sister TGlizabeth Arnold, of India, 
We gave two comforts to a family in Dakota; donated a laun< 
stove to Old Sisters' Class at the church, to bemused in 
kitchen during Sunday-school hours, paid out, $6.57; for we 
ing apparel for aSllcted sister, $6.18. Money in treasury Dec. 



—Baltimore and Washington. We also did some sewing for our 
Old Folks' Home, San Mar, Md. Our collection was $23.7r>; do- 
nations, $5.75; sales, $14.20; total amount received, $-13.70; bal- 
ance from 1015. $7.80. making $.51.51). Paid out for material and 
work done, $24.23; deposited $10 in banit for future use; donated 
$:i to Bro, Helm, in Georgia; leaving a balance on hand of $14.30. 



*17.fl 



The 



Lillie, Secretary,! 



-Aliie Liilie, Secretar; 



ntet in twelve meetings, with an average of 

nill offerings amounted to $18.86; L mt 

made and soid prayer-coverings to the am' 
forts made and sold, $20.51 ; rereived from I 



; bonnets made and soid, $8.01; blrthd 
Lnt carried over from last year, $15.27. T 
. received is $101.86. Paid out for tabh 



!s, $46.50; nmo 
?11.78. We also decided to 
rial Hospital, to be paid 



give $25 to the Mai 



Huffer, Assistant Treasurer; Maude Huffer. Chorister, 
sistaut Chorister and the different committees are to be 



. friendly letter ( 



-Ada P. Huff 



IND. — Following is the repor 
■ held forty-eight meetings wil 



wenty-flve quilts during the yea: 
)thcr work netted us $52.20, giving 



Society decided to deposit $100 i 



I Society. Our officers 1 



led at $38.50. We quilted 
which brought us $121.40, 
; a total of $173.66. Onr to- 
leaving us a balance of $108.42, The 



; Superintendent, Sist 



Society from Jan. 



attendance of 
Gfs and thirty new garm< 
' pieces of material in the s 



Kle Borkey ; Secretnry-Trpasurer, 
t. Sister Emma Oelsel.— Mrs. Ag- 



Ofllcers for 



iANT VIEW, IND.— Our Sisters' Aid Society held thlrte. 
during 1016, twelve regular meetings and one speci 
The total attendance was 105. with an average of flftee 



, $10.^8. Total 



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ndrc. 


Z""- 


"V 


no Hml"" 


■as q.iii 








ado fourt 










db 




sceilnne 




luted 


material 






III 


Aid 


Soci 


ty. 


Ztl^r.'^ 


m°un't°l' 


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S0.31 


ving. 


52.70:" do 


I71..30; 



rs. fO; District Secretary, 



Knslar.^P^ident; I PRAYER MEETING 

Influence That Counts 

Matt. 5: 13-20 
For Week Beginning February 4, 1917 

1. "Yc Are the Salt of the Earth."— Wlicn Clitlst nuilc 
use of Hie metaphor of salt, to describe tlie influence Ibat 
should be exercised by Christians upon society at large, he 
meant to emphasize the great need of a restraining element 
ujion tiic forces of unrighteousness. He expects his fol- 
lowers of tod.iy to be such a power, in every way possible, 
as. indeed, his children have been in all ages, to a large 
extent. During the evil days of Rome's decline. Chris- 
tians were the salt that mainly retarded the more serious 
moral lapses and political corruptions. During the Dark 
Ages, even, the wholesome influence of holy Christian lives 
proved abundantly that their salt bad not lost its savor. 
So the conserving influence of Christianity today is still a 
migbly power (Deut. 4: 9; Ezra 8; 22; 1 Tim. 1: 18, 19; 
Hell. 3: 12, 13; Col. 4; 6; I Peler 2:11, 12; Psa. 96: 2, 3, 
10; Eccl. 9: 10). 

2. "Ye Are the Light of the World."— The peculiar 
rliaracteristic of ligbt is manifested by its giving, spending. 
Wholly for this purpose it exists. It loses its own life, hi 
order to find il again in brightness diffused everywhere. 
Hemember, it is not, "Ye carry the light," but "Ye ARE 
the light." Christians,— as has often been said,— are the 
world's Bible. People who never read a word of either 
the Old or the New Testament, will read the lives of those 
who profess to draw their inspiration thence, and will 
judge accordingly. They will form their opinions of Christ 
and of his kingdom by those who call themselves, or arc 
called by others, Christians. Please note: "A city set on 
a bill CAN NOT be hid." Here we have a truth that 
clearly portrays a far greater influence than is suggested 
by the first metaphor,— of the salt bidden in a mass. Chris- 
tians are called to work for Christ by letting the light 

{^12.93 :' rai- that he has given them, shine in the dark places, where 
iii.mker and |, ;, „,„5i needed (John IS: 16; Isa. S: 20: 49: 6; Eph. S: 
'lum'U'; 8; Philpp. 2: IS; 1 Thess. 5: S; 1 John 1; S, 7; Isa. 60: 1). 



uiitH. $26.2.->; 
Dverlncs, Jl : 
en bottles o 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 27, 1817 



AMONG THE CHURCHES 



Calendar (or Sunday, Jan. 28 
Sunday-scliool Lesson. Reverence of Jesus for His Fa 

ther's House.— John 2: 13-22. 
Christian Workers' Meeting. Medical Missions.— Luke 

5: 12-26. 

Gains for the Kingdom 
One «as baptized Jan. 7, in the Worden church, Wis. 
One was restored Jan. 8, in the Reading churcli. Pa. 
One was baptized Jan. 14 in the Rice Lake church, Wis 
One has been baptized since the last report from the 



last report fron 



Gcrmantown church, Pa. 
Three were baptized sit 
cobs Creek, Mt. Joy church. Pa. 

One confessed Christ in the Wooster church, Ohio,— 
Bro. Adam Miller, of Louisville, same State, evangelist. 
Three were baptized in the Mechanic Grove church. Pa., 
—Bro. Nathan Martin, of Rheeras, same State, evangelist. 
Four were baptized and one restored in the Kearney 
church, Nebr, — Bro. Frank N. Sargent, of Chicago, evan- 
gelist 

Four confessed Christ in the BHssville church, Ind.,— 
Bro. David Metzlcr, of North Manchester, same St.Tte, 
evangelist. 

Eleven were baptized and one was reclaimed in the 
Larned City church, Kans., as a result of the union e\an- 
gelistic campaign in that city. 

Four were baptized, four await the rite, .ind one was 
reclaimed in the Union Center church, Ind.,— Bro. Reuben 
Shroyer, of New Berlin, Ohio, evangelist. 

Seven were baptized, one awaits the rite, and four were 
reinstated in the Mclvin Hill church, N. C.,— Bro. R. G. 
Edwards, of Jonesboro, Tenn., evangelist. 

Twenty-one were baptized, five reclaimed, and one 
awaits the initiatory rite in the West Marion church, Ind., 
—Bro. George E. Swihart, of Roann, same State, evan- 
gelist. 

One was baptized in the Red Oak Grove church, Va.,— 
Bro. W. E. Lackey, of Elamsville, same State, evangelist. 
One was also baptized in the same church at a council 
meeting held Jan. 13. 

T%venty-eight confessed Christ in the Spring Creek 
church. Pa.,— Bro. Ralph W. Schlosser, of Elizabcthtown, 
same State, evangelist. Later, nine more made the good 
choice, as the meetings were continued by Bro. Frank 
S. Carper, one of the home ministers. 









Meetings in Progress 




Bro 


S. P. 


Early, 


pastor of the Fostoria d 




the home church. 






Bro 


Norn 


an Conover, of Chicago, 111., , 


1 the Batavia 


churcl 


, same 


State 






Bro 


Char 


es H. 


Deardorff, of Clarksvillc, 


Mich., in the 


Zion church 


same 


State. 




Bro. 


E. N 


Huff 


nan, of St Joseph, Mo., 


in the Ogans 




congregation 


, Ind. 




Bro 


C. S. 


Garbe 


r, of St. Joseph, Mo., in 


the Pleasant 


Grove 


house 


of th 


c Prairie Creek church, I 


nd. 


Bro. 


A. B 


Millc 


r, of Hagerslown, Md., 




the Washmgton ch 


urch, t). C. So far ten h 


ave stood for 


Bro. 


Moyt 


e Lan 


dis. of Sidney, Ind., in 


the Kewanna 


church 


sam 


State 


. Sister Opal rfummer. 






ig ser 


vice 







Contemplated Meetings 

Bro. C. B. Smith, of Morrill, Kans,, to begin during 
March at Lordsburg, Cal. 

Bro. B. F. Petry, of Eaton. Ohio, to begin in February 
in the Elizabcthtown church. Pa. 

Bro. E. M. Detwiler, of Johnstown, Pa., to begin during- 
April in the Garrett church, same State. 

Bro. D. K. Clapper, of Meyersdale, Pa., to begin Aug 
18 in the Marshcreek church, same State 

Bro. Rufus P. Bucher, of Quarryville, Pa., to begin 
Jan. 21 in the Lebanon church, same State. 

Bro. Jas. F. Swallow, of Hampton. Iowa, to begin Feb 
4 at the Batavia house, Libertyville church. Iowa. 

Personal Mention 

Southern Missouri and Northwestern Arkansas is to be 
represented on the 1917 Standing Committee by Bro J 
H. Argabright, of Fairvicw, Mo. 

On Monday evening, Jan. 15. Bro. Andrew Hutchison 
ghty-first anniversary, of his birth by 
gregation at Tropico, California. 
f the Somerset church. Ind., has ar- 



r.rc. D. H. Heckman, formerly of Platlsburg, Mo., has 
taken pastoral charge of the Chanute church, Kans., and 
should now be addressed at 1216 South Central Avenue, 
that city. 

Churches desiring the services of Bro. J. A. Smcltzcr, of 
1605 South California Avenue, Chicago, in a series of 
meetings or Bible Institute, should complete their ar- 
rangements as soon as possible, that Bro. Smeltzer may 
arrange his schedule to the best advantage. 

Bro. J. H. Moore writes us from Sebring, Fla., of the 
coming of numerous visitors fron\ the North. One of 
these, Bro. D. Owen Cottrell, of North Manchester, Ind., 
went to see his father, Bro. Eli M. Cottrell, who is se- 
riously ill. Another son who is denied this privilege is Dr. 
A. Raymond Cottrell, missionary at Bulsar, India. 

Writing from the University Hospital, Philadelphia, un- 
der date of Jan. 20. Bro. W. M. Howe says: "Seems slow 
but God is good. He is answering prayer. I am better. 
I am convinced that this is but a light affliction which 
will work out good for me. I am so glad for the prayers 
and the love messages of many, all over the Brotherhood." 
With the beginning of the new year Bro. W. K. Con- 
ner entered upon his work as pastor of the church at Har- 
risburg. Pa. Bro. Conner desires to get in touch with any 
members of Brethren families coming to the city, or any 
descendants of such families now in the city. Persons 
able to assist hhn in this should write him. His address is 
546 South Seventeenth Street 

Last Saturday morning Bro. J. G. Royer underwent the 
operation which has been contemplated since his coming 
to the hospital at Elgin. An internal growth, which it was 
feared might be malignant, proved not to be such, and 
was successfully removed. While Bro. Royer's vitality 
has been greatly weakened by the shock of the operation, 
and his condition is still critical, it is believed that the 
prospect for his recovery is decidedly encouraging. 

Elsewhere in This Issue 

Do not fail to read Sister Eleanor J. Brumbaugh's short 
but pointed article, "An Opportunity," on page 58. Are 
you willing to be used? Here is your chance. 

Among the Indiana notes we publish an announcement 
by Bro. J. G. Stinebaugh, that should appeal with special 
force to the members of the Middle District of that State. 

Bro. H. S. Replogle, District Clerk of Western Penn- 
.sylvania, makes an announcement to the members of that 
District that should be given immediate attention. It will 
be found among the notes from that State. 

A careful reading of Amos R. Wells' e.\cellent poem on 
page 51 may, perhaps, give new inspiration to every Sun- 
day-school worker who will take pains to get io touch 
with the spirit of the author. 

On page 60 of this issue we publish an announcement to 
the Sunday-schools of the Second District of Virginia in 
which Bro. Minor C. Miller says some things of vital 
importance to every Sunday-school worker of the Dis- 
trict 

Miscellaneous 

the day of formal praying and petty 
day of big things has come, 
of Western Pennsylvania is to 
■nvene in the Garrett church April II. Elders' Meeting 
to be held the day preceding. 

It has been truthfully said: " God has a mouth for every 
af. Find the mouth I" But what if his children refuse to 
arch for the needy ones, and neglect to supply the loaf? 
Only consistent giving keeps the soul from shrinking, 
ie cheerful giver is loved by the Lord, because he loves 
aspirations are not limited by the beggarly 



giving 



nd the 



Distri 



of 



The 



latter. The 



Tth. 



ork i 



Wash., is looking for a pastor am 
have charge of the Chinese missioi 
ost of their time to be given to th._ 

to be supported jointly by the local increased, that the Sunda"y-scho'ol' 
District. Correspondence ' " " ' ' " " 

est J. Cline, 8709 Palatin. 

that 
anac, Bro. P. J. Blough, of is to be 
of the General Temperance certain 



ated thi 
preaching 

Bro. Obed Rile, 

ranged to assume the pastorate of the W, 

same State, and has already entered upon that "work 

Bro. Wm. Miller, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., has suffi- 
cenlly recovered from the affliction which for several 
years rested heavily upon him, to resume his ministerial 
duties. 

Bro. E. S. Voung finds his 
of other members of the fami 
influence of the California din 
frequently, and is also doing ■ 
Bible School at Los Angeles. 



addressed to I 
Seattle, Wash, 

Speaking of the 1917 Aim 
Hooversville, Pa., Chairman 
Committee, commends "the 
wonderful store of iTiformatioi 
tognition of our splendid schools and "coireges"'"'Hrslys" 

The Alinanac is worth many times the price asked for ii 
and Should be in every home in our Brotherhood." 

One of the keenest observers of humanity in general has 
come to this conclusion: " No man ever got nervous pros- 
tration by properly pushing his' business. He gets that 
sort of affliction only when he allows his business to push 

I'^H ^^ ^^""; '^"^ ''"'"'' °' ''""■'^'' ™''''- Keep it in 
""" '" "" """' ■ tempted to complain that your 



splendid arrangemen 



Have you ever thought that genuine friendship,— like all 
other things worth while, — requires sacrifices? And of 
the things sacrificed, perhaps the greatest and sometimes 
hardest, is that of our own selfish ease. Extremely diffi- 
cult as it may be, however, it must be done, for where self- 
ishness takes root, the flowers of friendship wither. 

In the communication referred to elsewhere in these 
columns, Bro. W. M. Howe takes occasion to say con- 
cerning the new Almanac: "It will come to pass, with 
your idea perfected, that no family in the church will 
think of doing without it, and it will be kept on file from 
year to year, as a valuable and convenient place for quick 
reference, to settle scores of matters of interest that arise 
through the year." 

We have just received the January number of " Every- 
body's Friend," edited by Bro. D. E. Cripe, of Enid, Okla., 
and published in the interest of the Child Rescue Work of 
Oklahoma and other Districts. With this number the little 
paper begins the fifteenth year of its existence. The cause 
which it represents is one of the very noblest of our church 
activities, and merits the heartiest support of every mem- 
ber of the church. 

As travelers on life's pathway, who expect to make the 
journey but once, we may well take heed to our ways. Lin- 
coln, when he found a thistle where a flower would grow, 
plucked up the thistle and planted the flower. That is one 
of the reasons why men loved him. And if we would leave 
behind us waymarks that really count, let us pull up the 
thorns and briers, and plant a wealth of flowers, thus giv- 
ing renewed joy and cheer to those who follow us on life's 
weary pilgrimagel 

While we are still in the first few weeks of the new 
year, it is well, perhaps, to recall these words of Phillips 
Brooks, as an inspiration for higher and better achieve- 
ments: " O do not pray for easy lives! Pray to be stronger 
men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers! Pray 
for powers equal to your tasks! Then' the doing of your 
work shall be no miracle, but you shall be a miracle. 
Every day you shall wonder at yourself, at the richness of 
life which has come in you by the grace of God! " 

An excellent plan to keep in touch with all the members, 
—where the constituency of a church is much scattered,- is 
being made use of by the Newberg church, Oregon. The 
church appoints a correspondence committee of competent 
members, whose business it is to keep in constant com- 
munication with all members who are isolated, or who do 
not get out to the regular services. The plan is an excel- 
lent one, in full harmony with the spirit of apostolic pre- 
cept, and worthy of introduction into all of our churches 
where like conditions exist. 

If you find in your local county or town paper, some 
day, a long article, purporting to be a copy of a letter 
written by Christ during his earthly ministry, and contain- 
ing threats of dire penalties upon any one refusing to aid 
in its circulation, please cut it out and,— no, no. don't send 
it to us, but,— put it in the stove. Within the last year 
we have received so many clippings of this spurious doc- 
ument that our curiosity is fully satisfied. Local papers 
are often hard put to it to find matter for their columns, 
but the Messenger has no' need of material of this char- 
acter. 

As stated repeatedly, we can not find room in the 
"Notes from Our Correspondents," for all the details of 
purely. local interest In reporting results of elections for 
officers, please remember that we publish the following 
only: Name of elder in charge, pastor, Sunday-school 
superintendent Christian Workers'- president. Tem- 
perance Committee, Local Missionary Committee. Please 
remember that brevity is a most commendable feature of 
the ideal church report It adds to the interest and gives 
a chance for more reports, ai times when the columns are 

The work at Grand Rapids, Mich., has so materially 

lave to be provided 

expansion possible. 

e glad to note this evidence of growth, and trust 

way may open for the enlargement of the house. It 

gretted that a number of those who had pledged 

:tion of the church, failed 



1 for the 



to make good their obligation. At this time the Mission 
Board finds itself with a debt of $325 unprovided for,— 
all because some who had promised, failed to live up to 
obligations entered into. Such a neglect is no credit to 
the members in question. 
So base a trait of human nature is sland 



, that the fol- 



i most scathing 



inwonted em 
The Comm 
general progr 



ight 

f Arrangements is ha 
for the Wichita Confer 



ak-do 



d at 1 



boards and 



Offic. 



uttees and any others who 



health. 



ell 



1 that 



nprovcd under the 



: teaching in the Be 



are responsible for the preparation of programs for .„.„ 
special activities should confer with the Secretary of the 
Committee of Arrangements, Bro. M. J. Mishler, Conway 
""■ ■" oerams should be in the hands of Broth- 

possible, that he may be able to 
: for pub- 



Mishlcr 



off? It i 



to the Me 

le Conference Booklet. 

; to begin NOW. 



Why put the 



lowing delineation by a forcible 

indictment and one that should not fail to t ,^ . ,..„., 

salutary effect by way of a warning: " Slander, sir! You 
do not know what you are disdaining. I have seen the 
most respectable persons almost overwhelmed by it 
At first a light sound, skimming the earth like a swallow 
before the storm, very softly, it murmurs and purrs, and 
sows in its course poisoned arrows. It is on somebody's 
mouth, and softly, softly, it glides slyly into your ear. 
The evil is done. It is born, it creeps, it walks. Now, 
with growing power, it goes from mouth to mouth dia- 
bolically. Then, all of a sudden,-! can't tell you how,- 
slander straighten up, hiss, swell and grow tall 
our very eyes. It springs, stretches its wings 
iir.s, envelops seizes, carries off! I, flashes lightning,' 
thunders! It becomes a hue and a cry, a universal cho- 
s of hatred and proscription. Who, indeed, could stop iti " 



befori 



Ninety-One Millions Not in Sunday-School 
The population of the United States, in round numbers 
is 109,000,000. Despite the most comprehensive plans to en- 
roll into the Sunday-schools of our land as many new re- 
cruits as possible, the total enrollment at this time is but 
18,000,000. These figures were quoted in a recent address 
by Mr. Marion Lawrance, the noted Sunday-school work- 
er. His figures would indicate that 91,000,000 persons arc, 
as yet, outside of Sunday-school influences. Deducting 
from his figures the aged and inlirm, as well as those in 
the years of infancy, there are still at least fifty millions 
who should be in regular attendance at Sunday-school. It 
is a matter well worth looking into. 



Oklahoma Rules Out Cigarets 
Dy a substantial vote, tlie House of Representatives of 
the State of Oklahoma passed tlifi McCoIlistcr anti-cig- 
aret bill Jan. 13. The enactment is more sweeping in its 
provisions than any other measure of the kind, passed by 
other States. It prohibits not only the selling or giving 
away of cigarets anywhere within the Stale, but cuts still 
, closer by prohibiting the smoking of the objectionable 
article. Should the Senate of the State approve of the 
measure, it will ere long become operative throughout the 
State. In view of the fact that the use of the cigaret is 
increasing in many parts of our land,— the gentler sex, 
even, yielding to the habit.— we hope that Oklahoma's 
statute will not only prevail in that State, but be adopted 
throughout the Union. 



The Secret of Her Youth 
Many of our readers are doubtless familiar with the writ- 
ings of Marion Harland, who, on topics of domestic in- 
terest, has few equals. Recently she celebrated her eighty- 
fifth birthday at her home in New York City. Some one 
inquired as to the secret of her long and useful life. In 
reply she said: "I ascribe it all to a never-failing fund of 
good cheer and to an abundance of congenial work. I 
would soon go to the graveyard or to the insane asylum, if 
I were to stop work." The aged author has written some 
forty volumes, and is still busy with her pen. Her words 
of advice, above given, may well be pondered by those 
of advanced years. Good cheer, doubtless, is of great 
value, but no less essential is a fair amount of work in the 
busy beehive of humanity. 

Intensive Farming in China 

Wrong conceptions prevail regarding the productivity 
of Chinese farms. Some may think that only the crudest 
methods prevail, when, in fact, the average Chinese farm- 
er is extremely thorough in his work. It is generally con- 
ceded that the largest yield per acre is secured by the 
Chinese agriculturist. As a preliminary to the raising of 
record-breaking crops, the soil is tilled until it is reduced 
to the utmost impalpability. Irrigation is largely em- 
ployed, even in regions where the rainfall exceeds the aver- 
age. Then, too, the irrigation canals serve not only as a 
means of water transportation, but afford a splendid place 
for the raising of fish, — a very acceptable addition to their 
bill of fare. Industrially efficient, the dwellers of that vast 
country are equally intent upon their religious duties, when 
brought in touch with the Gospel. They are waiting for 
the Old, Old Story! 

Japan Declares Herself 

Without further preliminaries, Japan has made known 
clearly, in a recent announcement, that Americans are not 
wanted in China. The resources of the United States may 
be heartily welcomed in the great republic of the Orient, 
and our skilled specialists may be of great value in de- 
veloping the possibilities of that country, but Japan says 
that the "stability of the Chinese republic must not be 
endangered by complications with capitalists from the 
United States." It was thought that the guarantees of the 
"open door policy," which insured the full rights of United 
States citizens in China, would be respected by Japan, but 
apparently these privileges are hereafter to be greatly cur- 
tailed. It is to be hoped, however, that Japanese aggres- 
sion will not interfere with the extensive American mis- 
sion interests in China. 



We may ' 
en destruction that came upon him, and may never 
1 the real facts of the matter. We can rest assured, 
;ver, that Satan's darts, while veiled from the sight 
an, often bring instant destruction where least expect- 
nd wholly unseen. 



President Wilson's Latest Plea for Peace 

In his address to the Senate, Jan. 22, President Wilson 
gave to the world an outline of the only terms on which 
he believes the_ European belligerents can conclude a 
lasting peace. He also names the conditions on which the 
United States, in his opinion, would join a league of na- 
tions to enforce peace. A few extracts from the speech 
will serve to indicate that our Chief Executive has a 
comprehensive grasp of the situation: "With the right 
comity of arrangement, no nation need be shut away from 
free access to the open paths of the world's commerce. 
The paths of the sea must alike, in law and in fact, be 
free." "Only a peace between equals can last; only a 
peace, the very principle of which is equality and a com- 
mon participation ii 



Prisoners of War 
Few of us have an adequate knowledge of the intense 
suffering, and the many privations endured by the prison- 
ers who are sent by the Russian authorities to the prison 
camps of Siberia. A recent account by a missionary who 
works among war prisoners, relates how some of the un- 
fortunate captives reached their destination with frozen 
'feet and hands, having traveled in open freight cars. Tlie 
Government doled out to each prisoner a scant allowance 
for food, to be bought at the stations, but the stops were 
so far between that the men were half dead for lack of 
food, by the time they reached Siberia. Many quickly 
succumb to the poor food and shelter, provided for them 
on the barren plains of that far northern land. Surely, the 
sympathy of every lover of humanity goes out to these 
unfortunate ones, and great is the longing that the cruel 
war may speedily cease. 



Recent Archaeological Discoveries 

According to the report of Dr. Gustavus A. Eisen, the 
noted archa;ologist, as published in the "American Jour- 
nal of Archeology," portraits of Christ and the apostles 
were found on an old chalice dug up from the ruins of 
Antioch, and now in possession of a firm of art dealers in 
New York. Some authorities pronounce the chalice as be- 
ing of very early origin, and think that, altogether likely, 
it dates Jjack to the time of the apostles. They consider 
the portraits to be wholly authentic. The chalice was 
found by Arabs while digging a well. At quite a depth 
they found subterranean chambers, one of which yielded 
up the treasure described. Whether the portraits, above 
referred to, may be depended upon as wholly reliable may, 
of course, never be known as a certainty, neither is it es- 
sential to our salvation. More important it is to follow 
faithfully in the footsteps of Christ and the apostles. 



Savior. Dr. Morri; 
Times " at Peking, China, v 
ough study of the entire 
country, that " the more he 
the more he admired it." I 
of missionary matters, as he m 
travels, enthusiastically declared 
founding." What 



opi 



I Ihor- 

ssionary situation in that 

IV of mission work in China 

isevelt, after a careful study 

with them during his 

* The results are as- 

missions, is 



best shown by our attitude from day to day. 



A Good Riddance 

In the days of the early church, whi 
influence of the Holy Spirit, men wcr( 
ization of their iniquity, there was an 
for the right. On one occasion even 
were cheerfully brought to a public 
though,— we are told,— the price of th( 
sand pieces of silver." Quite similar 



n, by the impelling 
brought to a real- 
immediate response 
" books of magic " 
place and burned, 
m was " fifty thou- 
must have been a 
at Phtcnix, Arizona, when five hundred 
gallons of confiscated wine, beer and whiskey were by the 
Stale authorities poured into a city water wagon. The 
streets of the business district were then sprinkled with 
the liquor. Two hundred automobiles and several floats 
followed the water wagon in celebration of the event. 
Under Arizona's new prohibition law, the sheriff con- 
fiscated the liquor, and Superior Judge Stanford ordered 
Its disposal as indicated. Surely a most effective way of 
getting rid of it. 

Will His Prophecy Come True? 
Recently Mr. Thomas A. Edison, the great inventor, ven- 
tured mto tlie realm of prophecy, by affirming that " in a 
hundred years there will be no poverty" He gives this 
as a reason: "The world will have accumulated such a 
store of wealth, and it will have found so many ways to 
make food and facilitate its distribution, that there will 
be more than enough for every dweller upon the earth. 
Yet, what a tremendous work will have to be done, even 
after plentifulness is reached, to divide the picntyl" Mr. 
Edison may be correct, so far as a part of his prophecy is 
concerned, but there will still be the inherited greed for 
possessions, born of the struggle for existence. This will 
have to be overcome wholly, or exceedingly modified. The 
things that bring poverty,— to the thrifty and industrious, 
even,— must be eliminated. War, fire, drought, flood, crop 
failure, crime, disease, etc.,— all sources of poverty,— will 
have to be offset by additional i 



Character the Supreme Achievement 

One of our exchanges calls attention to the fact thai in 
any reform movement, — such, for instance, as the fight 
against the white slave traffic,- more emphasis should be 
placed upon the formation of right principles, as a guard 
against being led astray. Given these, there is an armor 
that the adversary of souls ran not readily pierce. In a 
recent instance, one employe was urging her fellow-work- 
er to enter a life of "greater ease and more pay." In ex- 
tenuation she said: "Where we arc, our salaries are low, 
and yet we haiJe to live," Finally her more thoughtful 
friend replied: " No, we don't have to live, — by means such 
as you propose. I would die first," How true that, over 
against the pitiful figure of the girl who yields to the temp- 
tation of a life of ease and luxury, at the expense of her 
most priceless treasure, there is an army of brave workers 
eadbare clothes and poor 






Killed Though Not Wounded 
We are told that on the battle-fields of Europe, among 
the fatally-wounded and sadly-mutilated bodies of sol- 
diers, the surgeons are finding many lifeless bodies, not 
wounded, apparently, in any way. This observation has 
been made on the battle-fronts of both contestants. The 
mystery attending these deaths was not solved until an 
aneroid barometer, found in the pocket of one of the vic- 
tims, so suddenly stricken, led to a possible clue. Accord- 
ing to the verdict of surgeons and experts on air pressure, 
the peculiar reading of the barometer indicated that a dis- 
astrous vacuum in the atmosphere must have been caused 
by one of the powerful explosives. This vacuum, it is 
thought, caused air bubbles to form in the capillaries of 
those in the immediate vicinity, causing their instant death, 
though uninjured outwardly. While reading about this 
singular phenomenon, we were impressed by the close an- 



How Opinions Have Changed 
In 1872 a " Day of Intercession for Missio 
posed by the church interests of Great Britain, to be ob- 
served throughout that realm. Worthy as such an aim 
obviously was, " The Times," of London, in a leading ar- 
ticle, heaped scorn and contempt on the plan, expressing 
surprise that so many could be induced to take up such 
"an absurd project." "Few can say," — the journal sneer- 
ingly remarked, — " that they have ever really seen a mis- 
sionary or a Christian convert." Passing years, however, 
have wrought surprising changes, and in 1899 the com- 
ment of "The Times," on missionary movements, was 
quite different. It insisted that " men who ask, ' What is 
the good of missions?' display a strange blindness to the 
real character of the Christian religion." It spoke of the 
Church Missionary Society as "a civilizing and informing 
power." Of course, there are journals even today, bf the 
less dependable kind, which at times make a sorry exhibi- 
tion of their ignorance by a tirade against missions and 
their efliciency, but such periodicals do not, in any sense, 



A Corporation With a Soul 
Adages do not always tell the whole matter-of-fact truth, 
as may be noted by the one that alleges: "Corporations 
have no souls." There are notable exceptions to the old 
saying. Up to this date the United States Steel Corpora- 
tion has spent $5,500,000 on what it appropriately calls the 
" Science of Humanity." It has succeeded,- by means of 
insistence on greater care in all departments of its great 
concern,— in cutting down accidents forty-four per cent, and 
in saving the lives of approximately 14,967 men. In a recent 
address before the American Association for the Advance- 
ment of Science, a representative of the above corporation 
said this: "The thing we are doing, of humanizing the 
world of industry for workers, is as much of a science and 
as much of a necessity to industry in the United States as 
is chemistry or mathematics." Whenever all industrial 
concerns get a clearer vision of their just obligations to- 
wards those whom they employ, labor agitators will find 
little to talk about. "The Science of Humanity" is noth- 
ing, more or less, than the practical exemplification of 
Bible precepts governing the relations of employer and 

employ^. 

Christians and Peace 
While the prospect of early peace does not seem to be 
very promising just now, — both parties to the struggle 
seemingly being determined to continue the contest more 
bitterly than ever before,— it is not too soon, for lovers of 
peace, to get their bearings, and to throw their influence 
on the side of an early and equitable adjustment of the 
questions at issue. It is to be regretted that the European 
churches, from the very beginning of the war, permitted 
themselves to be carried away, by national aspirations, 
from their true and lawful allegiance to Christ. Apparent- 
ly those churches, supposedly Christ's representatives on 
earth, have largely drifted away on the tide of militarism. 
Noting this lamentable failure of the churches in the war 
zones, one would think that it might have served as a salu- 
tary warning to the churches of America. Passing strange, 
therefore, it is to note the attitude of fifty prelates and 
laymen of leading churches of America, who lately entered 
into a rigid protest against the great world movement for 
peace, endeavoring to justify their act by the specious plea 
that "peace at this time might be a curse rather than a 
blessing." How any representative body of churchmen can 
take that sort of a position, in view of Christ's definite 
commendation of the peacemaker, and many other pre- 
cepts in substantiation of anti-war principles, is hard to 
understand. In this greatest of all crises in the world's 
history, no Christian can afford to be aught else than an 
exponent of peace principles. 



J^ 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 27, 1917 



HOME AND FAMILY 



Light, — Natural and Spiritual 



BY JAS. A. SEL 
tu Eld. I. W. Taylor, of No 



The gates of daylight opened wide 

And darkness passed away, 

The morning sun had kissed the world 

-And brought a lovely day. 

The tinted trees, and sparkling streams 

-•\nd floating clouds above. 

Are pointing to our Father's care, 

And tell us of his love. 

So when the Day-star from on high. 

Beamed on our sinful world. 

The darkness of our native state 

Kroni its abode was hurled. 

The morning of this blessed time 

Brought peace and joy and love. 

The light upon Judca's hills. 

Was like to that above. 

Now, when the day starts on its course 

With sandals dipped in dew, 

When from the clouds and trees : 

God's smiles arc shining through, 

Then may our souls go up to hin 

The Source of all our light, 






And 



pie. 



To walk in ways of right. 
Hollidaysburg, Pa. 



The Field of the Sisters' Aid Societies 

BY RACHEL A. MOHN 
"The field is the world" (Matt. 13: 38). "Come, let us 
reason together" (Tsa. 1; 18). 

It is just twenty-two years ago that the Sisters' Aid 
.Society made its advent into the Northeastern District 
of Ohio. The first meetings were called missionary 
meetings. A work in which women only were engaged, 
was not looked upon with rnuch favor, or given niucli 
encouragement. We have been told by some of those 
early organizers, that the majority of the women here 
were eager for an opportunity of greater usefulness, 
but that the brethren were not so favorable to this 
work. We, tliat are younger, and look out into the 
world, and observe into what some organizations of 
women today have drifted, do not wonder that the 
brethren were a little slow in lending their encourage- 
ment, and we respect and uphold them in their stand. 
Wc marvel at the wonderful vision those early or- 
ganizers must have had. When some said of the work, 
" Leave it alone; it will soon come to naught," one of 
those early presidents was heard to say, " Yes, that is 
what we pray for, concerning this work. If it' is only 
a plan of the human mind, minus God's guidance, we 
pray that it will fall, and that, speedily. But if, on the 
other hand, it is a sphere in which women may work 
more effectually, we pray that it will grow and be just 
what our Father would have it be." 

In the rural districts where the work was first organ- 
ized, there were very few needy ones to be helped, and 
as the mission work of the church was only in it's in- 
fancy, the field for its efforts was most diflficult to find. 
There were only a few city missions then. 

After while, like a flash of lightning out of a clear 
skj', came the news, " Famine in India ; we need help." 
Then the Sisters' Aid Societies rose up as one soul and 
said. " Here is our field," and they proceeded to the 
work with loyal hearts and willing hands. They now 
had found their field. We were missionary in the be- 
ginning, we are missionary yet, but are we only a 
money-making organization? No, a hundred times, 
.\ 0. Men have always had opportunities of meeting 
their fellow-men upon a business as well as a social 
basis. They become wise, and their vision is 
broadened. Not so with the women. They have spent 
much time in their homes, meeting others only in a 
social and religious atmosphere, hence there were dif- 
ficulties that rose mountain-high. 

Yes, you say, " The women of the past were able to 
live their lives well, and had no such opportunities " 
We agree they succeeded; their work was nobly done. 
But we of today are not able to cope with all the prob- 
lems and meet the trying situations without some 
means of special training and development. If, as 



wives in the home, our only work consisted of house- 
keeping, with the studying of a book upon the subject, 
and some practice, wc would soon become just like a 
machine,— able to perform our labors accurately and 
well. If, as mothers, our only duty (o our children 
,p, were to feed them, and use their little bodies to display 
"' Inie and dainty garments, w ith the aid of some authen- 
tic work upon the latest fashion, we would soon be 
able to perform this task perfectly also. But no. This 
is the least of our work. 

After studying the situation, we must come to this 
painful conclusion, that women of today are not de- 
leloped, nor are the rising generation of girls develop- 
ing, because we are not thinkers. Would a thinking 
woman be a nagger in her home? Would a mother be 
so very unreasonable as she sometimes appears to be 
to little children? Would a thinking woman conduct 
herself so foolishly and act so childishly towards those 
with whom she has to meet in the world ? And then, 
do you believe that a thinking woman would attire her- 
self in such a ridiculous manner and thus appear be- 
fore the public? We have not had the vision of what 
Christian development would really mean to woman- 
hood, and the non-thinkers are not all out in the world 
citlier. 

These things are only brought to our notice by a 
desire to help us. When we seek new workers for the 
field, we find that women are not real thinkers, for 
they make such trivial excuses, as " No time," " Too 
bu.sy," etc. Surely, self is woman's only barrier to 
development. Hear Hently's words : — 

"It matters not how strait the gate. 

How charged with punishment the scroll- 
I am the master of my fate, 
I am the captain of my soul." 
Now we have found the larger field of our Sisters' 
Aid Societies,— an avenue of Christian development 
for womanhood. It has proved to be the best mothers' 
meeting ever organized, if properly conducted, because 
the mothers meet to do the Master's work and there- 
fore restraint is removed, and they converse freely. 
Even a young mother, with little children, can come 
and identify herself with the society. It will help her 
much in both body and mind. She need not work, but 
may freely join in the conversation and devotional serv- 
ices and thus receive inspiration, to help her take up 
the things which will broaden her mind and give her 
power with God. 

We older ones should strive to make the atmosphere 
uplifting for young girls. They should listen to con- 
versation along lines that will glorify motherhood and 
dignify homemaking. Even vital subjects may tact- 
fully be introduced during the day for discussion. 
Some of us have never had the opportunity of begin- 
ning public work along the lines of Bible reading and 
prayer,— here is our opportunity. Oh, let us take up 
this most important part of God's work! 

Who shall create this ideal? You and I, as God has 
given us ability, however, with the cooperation of the 
officers of the work. We must put something into a 
work if we would get value out of it. 

Why is this the larger field? Because, when our 
women are broadened in mind or in soul, if you please, 
when they feel to sacrifice for the Master's work it 
will wonderfully help those in the home to develop the 
missionary spirit. If then this (that of helping each 
mdnidual member of our Aid Societies and reaching 
out after others) is property brought about, as will 
best be adapted to your special society, the home will 
have a better wife and mother, the church will have 
better and more loyal workers, and the mission field 
will be well supplied with workers. Neither will your 
treasury lack for funds while you are laboring to help 
each one. 
Louimlle, Ohio. 



We are thankful for the few who are giving them- 
selves to this work, but many more are needed. God 
is calling you. Do not turn away from him. Give 
yourselves to the work of leadiiig souls to him. I f you 
lack wisdom, ask him. and do not fear to surrender to 
him for this work. We arc glad that the coming year 
will find some saying, " Here am I ; send me." Or, 
" Use me." Before God can send us, we must be will- 
ing to be used just where we are. 
Huntingdon, Pa. 



CORRESPONDENCE 



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FROM GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN 
Our Rally Day, which was held Oct. IS, has been fol- 
lowed by a contest among the different classes of our 
Sunday-school. We are faking an imaginary automobile 
trip from our city to San Francisco, Cal. It has proved 
to be a rather unique and interesting feature. Our at- 
tendance has been materially increased and the interest, 
just now, is at " white heat." Several of the classes have 
covered about two-thirds of the distance, and each is put- • 
ling forth extraordinary efforts to reach the destination 
first and thus win one of the prizes, which are to con- 
sist of the fruits of California. 

We used the "White Gifts for the King" service in 
our Christmas program. About fifteen families outside 
of our church and Sunday-school received substantial help 
m the way of Christmas dinners, eatables, bedding and 
clothing. The children, as well as the grown ones, seemed 
to catch the meaning of Christ's saying, "It is more 
blessed to give than to receive," and many were heard to 
express themselves that this Christmas season had brought 
them more real joy than any they had ever passed 
through. The offerings amounted to $23.53, which was 
added to our Benevolent Fund. The most " Precious 
Gifts" to the King were evidenced in the promises of a 
number of our Sunday-school scholars to accept Christ. 
Our highest enrollment for last year was 206; average 
attendance for the year, 164; gain over last year, 45; num- 
ber in perfect attendance, 30; number received into the 
church from the Sunday-school, 20. 

Our council was held Dec. 27. Our elder Bro C 
L. Wilkins, of Middleton, was with us. Sister Mary 
Shepherd was elected president of the Christian Workers' 
Meeting. Tuesday evening, Jan. 9, a man and his wife were 
baptized. A number of others have applied for member- 
ship, and will be baptized later. Mrs. M. M. Chambers 
110 Brown Street, Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan. 11. 



An Opportunity 

BY ELEANOR J. BRUMBAUGH 

There is an open door for young people, today in 
evangelistic work, and I am glad that some are seeing 
It. Many of our young giris could be useful in the 
way Annie Agnes Smith works. See Our Yomm 
People, Jan. 6, 1917. I am praying that many may be 
willing to be used in this way. The field is white for 
the ltar\est. Where are the reapers? 



REPORT OF THE SUNDAY-SCHOOL INSTITUTE 
HELD AT DALEVILLE COLLEGE, VA., JAN. 5-7 
The attendance was good, although not as good a rep- 
resentation from the adjoining counties as was hoped for 
We feel that all who were present must say that it was 
one of the best ever held in the two Districts, this being 
a joint Institute of the First and Southern Districts of 
Virginia. 

Three very able instructors were present, with many 
good thoughts on the most vital Sunday-school subjects 
of the day. Bro. T. S. Moherman reached the climax of his 
lectures in the last he gave—" Sunday-school Optimism." 
In this he certainly encouraged us by depicting bright 
prospects and wonderful results for the future, especially 
since we have the modern fast ways of transportation, 
which help us to get to more points, to teach more people, 
and that wc must reach all people with the great truths 
of God eventually. 

Eld. H. C. Early said that he had never specialized on 
Sunday-school work, but he was able to show to us that 
the Sunday-school was of more value than many of us 
think It is, seemingly, by the way wc work at it. He 
showed it to be the biggest thing we have in the dissemi- 
nation of Bible knowledge, the biggest evangelizing power, 
and the best place for the proper development of our so- 
cial life, and placed a great responsibility in his last talk 
upon the parents in their help, in every way possible to 
promote the great work. 

Eld; H. K. Ober was with us, and did a large part of the 
instructing, using some of his fine subjects with power and 
great earnestness. He forcibly presented to us the fact 
that laws of mind development are fixed by God himself 
and that a great responsibility rests upon the teacher in 
giving to the child mind that which will allow and encour- 
age the proper unfolding of powers. In his subject 
' Teaching Without Telling," he strongly left the impres- 
sion that we may tell a great deal and yet fail to leach 
and that it is highly important that wc cause an awaken- 
ing of thought and interest of the pupil. He presented 
the idea of a fuller organization of forces carrying on the 
work of the Sunday-school for best results. In his sub- 
ject, "Child Rights," he impressed the thought that the 
child IS of more value than the whole world, and that he 
has a Divine right to proper birth, to a good Christian 
home, to be taught things he must soon know about him- 
self, to be understood, and that a great responsibility 
rests upon parents along this line of trainine the child 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER- January 27, 1917 



We feel that the great work of the Sunday-school will 
be more far-reaching and effective because of the valuable 
instructions given by the able brethren. 

Since the support of the missionaries has advanced in 
cost, this was mentioned, and it was decided that the Sun- 
day-schools of the two Districts pay the advanced rate to 
our China worker. Sister Rebecca Wampler, who favored 
us with a letter, lo be read at this Institute. It was en- 
joyed by all. May God he with her in the work she has 
so nobly undertaken, is our united prayer in her behalf 
that she may, by his help, aceomplish great things for the 
Master in China! E g Bowman 

Naffs, Va. ._,__ 

CHRISTMAS AT JPARKERPORD 

Though nature's sun was hidden, there seemed to be 
brightness and cheer inside the Brethren church home 
on Christmas Sabbath. The members and friends 
gathered, and special services by the Sunday-school were 
rendered very interestingly. A German Christmas hymn, 
rendered by Pastor Dixon and wife and Bro. Havermell, 
was listened to with much interest, though not many 
understood. Bro. Dixon gave an instructive Christmas 
address. Among other things he told us of the signifieanee 
of the Wise Men's gifts to the Savior. 

All who are associated with the Sunday-school, received 
a sweet Christmas token. The pastor and hts very help- 
ful wife were each kindly remembered with one of the 
Christ's gifts,— gold,— and others received gifts for their 
faithful service and attendance. Bro. J. B. Reiff has been 
the faithful superintendent for upwards of thirty years. 
Bro. Dixon, the pastor, had just completed his first year 
of the pastorate with- the church at Parkerford. He is 
much esteemed and loved by the people of the com- 
munity as well as by the membership of the church. Sis- 
ter Dixon, as teacher of the women's Bible Class, also 
as the chorister of the Sunday-school and church, has 
endeared herself to all who come in touch with Iter. 

The church has the benefit of the youthful vigor in 
its pastor, and also the helpfulness of Bro. Hetric, our 
venerable bishop for thirty-six years, and intimately' con- 
nected with its interests for forty-three years. The church 
record for the year shows some accessions and, we are 
glad to state, no losses. This church stood highest, per 
capita, in missionary contributions and donations to other 
church activities in our church District, during the past 

The writer retains a most sisterly love for this church 
because of the very pleasant relations during the pastor- 
ate of her departed husband. Mrs. J. T. Myers. 

Parkerford, Pa. 



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the need of a thorough knowledge of this great book, to 
leach It for the Hrst half of the year. 

Sister Gwin gave very valuable help lo primary work- 
ers in he ping to start the new graded lessons and in dis- 
cussmg the child and its environments, instincts and abili- 

All who attended agree that this was the best Institute 
we have yet held. It was the unanimous sentiment that 
the same instructors be secured again, if possible. It was 
commendable to see the hearty response from the schools 
m sendmg their allotted portion of the expenses The 
Committee wish to thank all who helped in this 

The brethren and sisters at Decatur ably did their best 
to make all visitors welcome. 

It is regrettable that many more could not attend from 
over the District Why not have it in the plans of all 
Sunday-school and church workers to attend the next 
Institute? I. D. Heekman, Secretary of Committee. 

Cerro Cordo, Illinois. 



IN MEMORIAM 

Moses Hollinger, son of Daniel and Rebecca Hollinger 
vas born in Dauphin County, Pa., Nov. 27, 1828, and died 
near ^,'^>w Madison, Darke 
Co., Ohio, Nov. 13, 1916, at 
the age of eighty-seven years, 
eleven months and fifteen 
days. 

He came with his parents 
from Pennsylvania in 183S 
and located near Covington, 
Miami Co., where he grew up 



wife, whose hospitality we enjoyed. Later our daughter 
husband, and their daughter, of Ottawa, Kansas, came to 
ogr son's home, where we enjoyed a reunion 

°" ^"!J''=V" 7",'"=™'"='' '<> -""t and greet loved 
ones at Sunday-school and church. In the morninir we 
attended the Central Avenue church wher,. t,„.h,„j 
preached at 1, o'clock. In the afteriioo;, Je met tith the 

:T T'^u' ""^ """'°" '''""■''''• '" ""='■■ 3 o'clock Sunday, 
school. Here we attended the preaching services at 8 
P. M., where Eld. E, D. Steward was conducting a revival 
Jw 'i"/"""°™ "= "Sited an aged sister, who has noi 
walked or ten years. As we passed the window, she 
clapped her hands in the joy of one more meeting. After 
prayer and tears, we gave the sad good-bye. If those 

of the faithful be in our Father's Kingdom! 
Jan. 8 we left our loved ones in Kansas City, and Ian 

ville Florida, who took us to his home, eighteen miles 
southwest, near Middleburg, of which husband will have 
something lo say later. Sister I. H. Crist. 

Middleburg, Fla,, Jan. 11. 




luhood. In 



Eld. Mosea Hollinger 



REPORT OF THE SUNDAY-SCHOOL AND BIBLE 
. INSTITUTE OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 

The tenth annual Bible Institute of Southern Illinois 
was iield in. Decatur, Dee. 25-29. 

The first session was a temperance meeting. Bro. R. 
N. Leathcrman gave a splendid address, in which he gave 
the attitude all Christians should assume to overthrow the 
curse of the liquor traffic. 

Tlie annual Sunday-school Meeting lasted during both 
forenoon and afternoon sessions of Dec. 26. It was in- 
tended to be a "Worth While" program, and so it proved. 
Bro. Prestort Arnold discussed the " Worth While " Sun- 
day-school. He made it clear that the business of the 
Sunday-school is helpfulness in the community, by faith- 
fully giving right ideals and standards. It can only be 
done by organization of the forces and cooperation in 
carrying out plans, after carefully arranging to have them 
meet the needs and conditions. 

Bro. J. K. Watson gave many helpful things for a 
" Worth While " superintendent lo do. He must be a 
superintendent and an organizer. His success will depend 
largely upon his efficiency to fill the place. Spirituality, 
faithfulness and cheerfulness must characterize the super- 
intendent's work, and the aim must be guided by a vision 
of God's plan for a whole world. 

The "Worth While" lesson was an able presentation of 
the Graded Lessons by Sister Laura Gwin. Why not use 
lessons adapted to ihe pupil? It is time to realize the " un- 
wise " thing, in attempting to leach the Doctrinal Book 
of John and the Divided Kingdom to Primary grades, as 
called tor in the lessons for 1917. 

Those who want to be more helpful in leading music 
ought to let Sister Elsie Sellers speak upon the '■' Worth 
While " chorister. Simplicity and modesty, with happiness 
and spirituality, mark the efficient chorister. 

The "Worth While" pupil was discussed by Sister 
Hosteller in her earnest manner. All pupils are worth 
while. Home training and cooperation between teacher 
and parents will be necessary to do the greatest good for 
the pupil and- for the home and Sunday-school 

Bro. A. C. Wieand, in his usual, tactful way, said that 
the " Worth While " teacher is the important part of the 
Sunday-schooh The essential qualifications for efficiency 
are (1) must know God, (2) must know Bible, (3) must 
know pupil, (4) must know method. 

The Sunday-schools were represented by fwcnty-two 
delegates. (Why not sixty-eight instead?) Each Sunday- 
school should be represented, if possible at all to do so 

During the remaining three days, Bro. A. C. Wieand in- 
structed from John's Gospel. Many were made lo feel 



moved to Darke County, 
where he lived the rest of his 

He was married to Susan- 
nah Wise, Sept. 12, 1852. To 
this union were born leu sons and four daughters, of whom 
three sons and three daughters preceded him to the spirit 
world. Susannah died April 21, 1882. He was then mar- 
ried to Mary Van Ormer, Jan. 4, 1883. She died Sept. 21, 
1908. After this he made his home with his son Jacob. He 
was a great lover of home and made his home pleasant for 
his family and all others who might be around his fireside. 
He also took great pleasure in visiting other homes, espe- 
cially where there was sickness or sorrow, and many recall 
with pleasure his comforting words and sympathy. 

He united with the Church of the Brethren at the age of 
nineteen years. In 1864 he was elected as deacon, which 
office he filled with credit to himself and the church until 
1881, when he was elected to the ministry. 

May 21, 1910, he was ordained to the eldership, which 
position was faithfully filled. He was a noted example of 
humility, and at the same time he held in high esteem the 
difl'erent duties and privileges in the church, and manifest- 
ed an ardent zeal for her work. He lived several miles 
from the church, but usually attended every service by 
day or night, until he was past eighty-five years of age. 
The funeral services were conducted by Elders Jesse 
Stutsman and Sylvan Bookwalter, at the West Branch 
church, in the presence of a large congregation of devoted 



THE PASSING OF ELDER JOHN B. FLUCK AND 
HIS COMPANION 

John B Fluck, the second son of Tobias and Anna 
Snyder Fluck, was born in 1829 and died in 1915, aged 
86 years. His companion, Mary G. Ober was born in the 
same year, and died in 1916, aged eighty-seven years, 
three months and twelve days. Botli were born in the 
old landmark, erected by his grandfather, lohannes 
Snyder, 106 years ago, near Loysburg, Bedford Co., Pa 
Sister Fluck was the daughter of Benjamin and Sarah 
Garretson Ober. Both figured in the hundredth anni- 
versary of the old stone structure when the Snyders cele- 
brated it She was one month older than her companion. 
They celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary, and 
lived some ten years after. Both were baptized in fhliir 
fiftieth year, and Eld. Fluck was soon elected to the 
ministry. He, with his wife, served faithfully to the end. 
A few years ago he was ordained to the eldership, being 
ever loyal. One of his parting sayings was, " My God, the 
spring of all my joys." 

• Bro. Fluck was an earnest worker in many ways, par- 
ticularly along educational lines. He was a teacher in 
school as well as in the church. He was a land surveyor 
and a farmer, and pursued many other useful avocations 
in life. His great memory was sought after by many 
to get facts in history. He had nearly a complete history 
of his country written, when called up higher. They 
leave two children. Both services were held in the New 
Enterprise church. Pa. Bro. Wm. Ritchie, of Snake Spring 
Valley, officiated at Eld. Pluck's funeral, while Bro David 
Detwiler, of New Enterprise, preached Sister Pluck's 
funeral. Text, Job 5: 27. Both are sleeping in the ceme- 
tery near the church where the services were held. They 
will be missed in their old home, where they lived nearly 
forty years. m. J. Steele. 

Wilmerding, Pa. 



friends. He leaves to all of i 
and devotion. 
Greenville, Ohio. 



ample of faithfulne: 
David Hollinger. 



PROM CARTHAGE CHURCH, MISSOURI 
Our church meeting was held on Saturday evening, Jan. 
6. One certificate of membership was received. Bro. C. 
Root was chosen superintendent of the Sunday-school for 
six months, and Sister Vera Bulcrbaugh president of 
the Christian Workers. Bro. N. Oren was chosen pre- 
siding elder for the coming year. Thus, to the heavy burden 
of sorrows and bereavement, which he and his family 
were recently called to bear, is added the additional burden 
of caring for us, during the year just opening before us. 
He felt the burden greatly, and feelingly asked the co- 
operation and prayers of the members in his behalf 

On Christmas night his oldest son, Marshall Oren, was 
shot and almost instantly killed in Joplin, by two bandits 
who held him up on the street to rob him. He had taken 
the precaution to leave his money at home with his wife 
and child, and as the robbers failed to get anything, thoy 
kicked and abused him after he was shot down. Marshall, 
like all the other children of Elder Oren, was well re- 
spected by all who knew him. A chef for years, in one 
of the leading restaurants, he stood high in his calling. 
Two separate funeral services were held, one in Joplin 
and one in Carthage, where he was interred after lying in 
state for four days. 

This terrible tragedy so aroused the citizens of Joplin 

that extra fbrces of patrolmen volunteered to aid the 

police in their efforts lo curb the tide of lawlessness that 

threatened lo sweep over the entire city. 

Carterville, Mo., Jan. 7. J. L. Switzer. 



OUR HOME COMING 

Jan. 2 we left th'e parental roof of my aged father, Jo 
than Brubaker, and sister, and arrived in Kansas City, 
former home. Here we wer^ met by our son, Roy, i 



HAXTUN CHURCH, COLORADO 

For several weeks we had been looking forward with 
much anxiety to the day of dedication of our new church. 
Many things contribute lo the success of such an occasion. 
The house had to be in readiness and the proper invitations 
had to be extended to the other churches of the town. In- 
vitations lo adjoining churches were also sent. 

After putting forth every possible effort, we felt, on Sat- 
urday night, Jan. 6, that now we must leave it all to the 
Lord. We, therefore, asked him for a good attendance, a 
beautiful day, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all 
the services. We even asked him to lay the matter upon 
the hearts of the people, to come to the rescue with nec- 
essary finances, to liquidate the amount yet needed. There 
are only fifty members here,— all renters but five or six,— 
and most of them in debt, too. Our building is 36x48, 
with full basement and Sunday-school rooms. It cost 
$3,200, besides $450 paid for three lots. On Saturday even- 
ing, in summing up our accounts, we yet lacked about 
$800 of having enough funds lo settle all bills up to date. 
We determined lo dedicate the house free of debt, so 
four of our brethren borrowed the needed $800, instruct- 
ing the treasurer to pay all bills on Saturday evening. 

Sunday morning dawned just a little cloudy, but later 
on the day proved to be one of the most beautiful of Sunny 
Colorado. Long before the appointed time, the people be- 
gan to fill the house, and before the hour of services, all 
available space was occupied. 

Bro. Virgil C. Finnell, of Enders, Nebr., offered the 
dedicatory prayer. Bro. W. A. Kinzie, of McPherson, 
Kans., delivered the address of dedication, after which a 
few words of explanation were given by the writer con- 
cerning the financial condition. Then an opportunity was 
given to the audience to contribute, and in a very short 
lime the sum of $624 was donated. The money really 
came in so fast that our secretary, Bro. R. P. Baker, could 
not tabulate fast enough to keep up, and we had to call a 
halt, in order that he might get the names of the contrib- 
utors. This we take as an evidence that God does answer 
prayer, and that the community appreciates the .liew 
church in town. 

(Concluded on Fag* 62) 



^;J 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 27, 1917 



TO THE SUNDAY-SCHOOLS OF THE SECOND 
DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA 

The District Sunday-school Secretary and his assistants 
arc now arranging to hold a scries of Sunday-school Insti- 
tutes in the Second District of Virginia. The purpose 
of this campaign is, of course, to carry inspiration to the 
several schools and, if possible, to help all the schools 
to do better work. Wc think that if it is a good thing 
for one or two schools to reach the standard of a " Front 
Line" Sunday-school, it is very important that an effort 
be made to have all our schools attain to this standard 
of efficiency. Of course, just to reach a certain pre- 
scribed standard for its own sake, is not so important, but 
it is important to reach this standard that better work 
may be done and more people brought to Christ. 

In this campaign the committee is arranging to send 
several good Sunday-school workers to each congregation 
where an Institute is desired, who will have general charge 
of the program. 

The work has not yet been definitely outlined, but those 
in charge will take up such subjects as may be " problems " 
in the several schools. Such subjects as " Organization," 
" Sunday-school Pedagogy," and " Missions," will likely 
be discussed. Wc may also be able to give a period to 
"A General Survey of the Sunday-school Lessons for 1917." 
We have our work arranged to begin the Institute on 
Friday night, and to continue until Sunday night. This 
will give people who are in school an opportunity to at- 
tend part of the meetings. If, in any congregation, you 
would not desire so much work, we can give a shorter 
program. 

The committee is anxious to give just such work as may 
be needed, and to hold this Institute wherever there is an 
opportunity. Some calls have already been received, but 
we feel there are yet a number of congregations that might 
be interested in this work. If we can help you, kindly 
notify the writer at once, and we will arrange for the 
Institute at such a time as may be most convenient for 
you. Minor C. Miller, District Secretary. 

Mount Sidney, Va. 



BEAVER RUN, WEST VIRGINIA 

Nov. 4 Bro. H. C. Early, from Virginia, came to our 
congregation and preached for us one week, closing on 
Sunday night. Nov. 12. He preached ten very able ser- 
mons. His talks on China were also very much appreciated. 
Many lasting impressions were made. Bro. Early made 
many friends while he was with us. 

Following this meeting. Dec. 10 to 17, was our Bible 
Term. Bro. Jeremiah Thomas, of Bruceton Mills, W. 
Va., was with us. Revelation and the First Epistle of 
Peter were the two books taught. Revelation was taught 
by Bro. Thomas, and Peter by Bro. G. S. Arnold. Bro. 
Thomas also gave lectures each night during the week, 
on "Old and New Testament History," "Bible Geog- 
raphy," " Books of the Bible," " Life of St. Paul," and 
"Social Needs of Our People." His work on Revelation 
and also his lectures were well prepared, and were very 
much appreciated by all. Each day there was an essay 
on the biography of various characters of the Bible, pre- 
pared by Sister AUie K. Leatherman, and also by the home 
talent on various subjects, interspersed with recitations, 
etc. Owing to the inclemency of the weather, the at- 

from start to finish. B. W. Smith. 

Burlington, W. Va., Jan. 9. 



SPECIAL BIBLE TERM OF MANCHESTER 
COLLEGE 

The late Bible Term at Manchester College was, in the 
opinion of many who have been attending from year to 
year, the best wc have ever had. 

Just at the opening we were disappointed to learn that 
Eld. W. M. Howe could not be with us, but the other 
workers certainly did their parts well, and also filled the 
evening appointments. The first week. Eld. Frank Crum- 
packer gave most inspiring missionary addresses,— the 
strongest to which we have ever listened. Much favorable 
sentiment was molded for missions. Just before he left, 
Bro. Crumpacker, assisted by the local Mission Band, gave 
a special missionary program. An offering of nearly $150 
was taken. We are glad to know that at least four Man- 
chester students are applying for the foreign field this 

The heaviest work of the Institute fell on Prof. Ezra 
Flory. who was present the two weeks. Great interest 
was taken in his "Child Study" and "Expositions of 
Scripture." People realized, as never before, the impor- 
tance of those vital topics. 

EM. J. Edson Ulery was present to assist during the 
last week. Manchester College was formerly his home. 
His many friends welcomed his return, and his help was 
appreciated by all. He was present tp assist in the ob- 
servance of Educational Day, and enjoyed it 

Educational Day. Jan. 9. was the high tide of enthusiasm 
All of the Trustees of the College were present except 
one. After devotional services, addresses were made by 
Bro. J. Edson Ulery, Prof. Edward Kintner, Bro. G. A. 
Snider, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and President 
Otho Winger. An explanation of the Endowment Cam- 



paign was followed by a very liberal response in the way 
of gifts. Fourteen thousand dollars was given or pled^rcd 
to the Endowment Fund as a direct result of this meeting. 

After this program, the Ladies' New Home was dedi- 
cated, — the dedicatory services being conducted by the 
young women themselves. After their excellent program, 
the large new home was thrown open from basement to 
sleeping porch, for the hundreds of visitors. 

Others also helped to make this meeting a success. Prof. 
S. S. Blough gave lessons in the Book of Job; Sister Cora 
Slalily conducted chorus singing; Bro. C. A. Wright gave 
two excellent talks on hand work in the Sunday-school. 
Five District Sunday-school Secretaries were present and 
took part in a rousing Sunday-school Meeting, as a climax 
to the Institute work. At this meeting the absence of Eld. 
Lafayette Steele was regretted. Many prayers went up 
in his behalf, that the Lord may raise him up again for 
service in the church. 

The regular enrollment in our school is now 330. More 
than one hundred additional were enrolled for the Special, 
while many attended a part of the time who did not enroll. 
Ida Press. 



SOME PROBLEMS OF THE MISSION BOARD 
OF MICHIGAN 

The work in Grand Rapids has been growing very sat- 
isfactorily from its beginning, so that now the church is 
too small to permit much riiorc expansion of the Sunday- 
school,— in fact an addition to the church is really needed 
in the near future. Just how to meet this need, is not so 
clear. The last of the notes and pledges, given to pay for 
the lots and buildings, became due Mardi 1, 1916, and a 
sufficient amount had been pledged, had it all been paid 
when due, to meet all obligations, but in spite of all ef- 
forts to collect these pledges, enough remained unpaid 
to necessitate the Board to obtain an extension of time on 
the note they had given. About $325 will be required to- 
day, to cancel the debt. 

Last August, at the District Meeting, an enthusiastic 
Missionary Meeting was held, and an offering was taken 
in cash and pledges to start a mission in the city of De- 
troit. The members and friends in Detroit formed a 
temporary organization and rented a vacant store-room 
on Mack Avenue. Some brethren in the ministry, who 
are now in the city, have been filling preaching appoint- 
ments each Lord's Day. A Sunday-school, as large as the 
room will accommodate, is being conducted. They need 
more room. Some of the brethren have written to 
the Board, stating that a small churchhouse and lot, 50x125 
feet, in a good location, is offered for sale, if taken at 
once, for $3,300. The house would need some repairs, and 
an addition would have to be built, which would probably 
take $1,700 more. They are very anxious that the Board 
should act in the matter of securing this property. 

Going over the pledges we note that of the amount left, 
after paying $200. to date, for rent and incidental expenses, 
there is about $480 now due, and coming due before July 
1, this year; $262 is due on or before July I, 1918; $213 
is due on or before July 1, 1919; $198 is due on or before 
July 1, 1920; and $173 is due July 1, 1921. None of these 
pledges are interest-bearing. The local churches are sup- 
porting the regular work very well and keeping the gen- 
eral fund well supplied, so that support to the workers 
in Grand Rapids and the ministerial aid, promised to a 
few ministers in rural churches, is ready as needed, from 
month to month. But is the District ready to meet the 
call for an addition to the Grand Rapids church, and 
cither to buy or build a church and support a pastor in 
Detroit? 

Bro. E. M. Starbard is responding to the call for a min- 
ister in the Saginaw church,^the Board giving some 
financial aid. Homestead church is not yet supplied, 
though Bro. F. E. Miller may move there. In that case 
Black River church will be left without a minister. 

Our heart's desire goes out to these calls for help. Can 
and will the churches make it possible to enlarge the 
^°''^'' Peter B. Messner. 

Lake Odessa, Mich., Jan. 18. 



WEST MARION, IND. 

Our revival meetings came to a close on Sunday even- 
ing, Jan. 14. Bro. Swihart preached the Gospel with 
power. As a result twenty-seven came forward for mem- 
bership. Twenty-one were baptized, five reclaimed and 
one still awaits the rite of baptism. Many others seemed 
near the Kingdom. Bro. Swihart preached twenty-two 
sermons and presided at our council. 

On Saturday evening, Jan. 13, we held a love feast, as 
many of our members did not attend the feast held on 
Thanksgiving evening. Then, too, so many had just 
entered the fold that we felt it would be a good time 
to bind all together with a love feast. It proved to be 
a most glorious feast. After the feast an invitation was 
given, and four dear souls came forward.— all heads of 
families. One dear aged brother had at one time been a 
minister of the Wesleyan Church. He saw four of his 
grandchildren and a daughter and son-in-law come during 
these meetings, and felt that it was his turn next. 

I neglected to say, in my former report of the n^cetings, 
that Brethren S. S. Blough and J. G. Stinebawgh, of tiit 



Mission Board, were with us in our council of Dec. 30. 
At that meeting Bro. Obed Rife, of the Somerset church, 
was selected as our pastor for one year. He is moving to 
Marion this week, and will soon be ready to take up the' 

We feel that the West Marion church has had a grand 
revival. We arc now in peace and union and arc looking 
forward to a bright future. As many more precious souls 
are gathered into the Kingdom, the West Marion church 
will soon be one of Middle Indiana's stronger soul-sav- 
ing stations, J. A. Leckron. 

Joncsboro, Ind., Jan. 18. 



Notes from Our Correspondents 



lie hearts of tlie motberf 
?rinnn. Champaign. HI., Jnn. 17. 
Eleln. — ^nnder the auspices of tlie Victorian Sunday-school class. 
Clirford O. Roe, of Chicago, assistant State's attorney of 



meeting, Bro. J. C, Stoner presiding. Wc are sorry to say that 
wG decided to drop onr Christian Workers' Meeting. We reor- 
ennlzed our Sunday-school Dec. 31, with Bro. M. S. Seymour as 
superintendent. — Ruth Swinger, Palestine, 111,, Jan. 14. 

NaporvlIIe church met In eoimcll Jan. 6, with Bro. 0. C. Klndy, 
nur pastor, presiding.— Anna Fry. R. D. 2, Wheaton, III., Jan. 15. 

Pine Creek cliureh met in council Dec. 21, with our elder, Bro. 
C, C. Price, presiding. Dec. 31 we reorganized our Sunday-school, 
with Bro. Irn Butterbaiigh as superintendent. On Sunday morn- 
ing before Christmas the Sunday-school gave an appropriate pro. 
grniii, at the close of which gifts were given to fill a large box, 
to be sent to Chicago. Nov. 2fl Brethren David Stauffer and Henry 



! elected 



■ deacon's office. — Bertha M. StauITer. 



Polo, 111., Jan. 10. 

INDIANA 

BlisBvIUe.— Eld. David Metzler, of North Manchester. Ind.. be- 
can a .series of meetings at tlie Bllssville house Dec. 30, contin- 
uing two weeks. The Interest was good throngh nil the meet- 
ings. Four made the good choice. Sister Lela Burns, of Plj> 
mouth, Ind., led the song service each evening. Her help vrris 
i-ery mnch appreciated. — Miffa Cora Nitcher, Plymouth, Ind., Jan, 

Elkhart City. — On Suoday, Dec. 7, we had n. very impressive 



Sunday-school; Sister Phoebe Horner, president of tlie Christian 
Workers. Sunday, Jan. 14, Bro. Otho Winyer was with us. In 
the forenoon he preached on the subject of " Preparedness." ofter 
which he conducted the installation service of the officers and 
teachers of the Sunday-school. This service was very imprPKSlTe. 
In the evening he preached on " The Business of the Christian." 
Bott Sermons were practical and received with interest.— Geo. L. 
Studebaker, Muncie, Ind., Jon. 16. 

church and Sunday-school had a feast Dec. 31. We 



ninety, and eight betwei 



! of the church i 



Brother and 



the older people. 



■ for 11)17.— B. J. Miller, Nai 



I much appreciated. — Chas. N. Miller, Hagerstown, Ind., Jan, 



sisted by Bro. Nealv 
Norris was elected e: 
superintendent. We 

lowing day, on account of sickness and Inclement 
Alice Strong, B. D. 10, Brownsville, Ind., Jan. 10. 
Notice. — The building eommittce for the Logansport cliurch- 
and ns there 



with all members cf our District who can, to {isslst In this i 
needed work, either by cash or pledge, so we can proceed wltli 
the building soon. — J. O. Stlnebaugfa, Camden, Ind., Jan, IS. 
Ognns Creek. — Bro. E. N. Huffman, of St. Joseph, Mo., 



Two letters i 



; congregation. Ave mites i 



. Elsworth Weim 



' elder for the coming year. — Tena Smith. R. D. 2. 



Nora Shively, of Bourboi 
ond sisters in an evangel 



, In charge. Bro. Dan Kauffman 



other improvements. — J. C. Miller, Topeka 

Union Center. — Our revival meetings closed Sunday evening, 
Jan. 14. Bro. Reuben Shroyer labored earnestly for three weeks. 
The attendance and interest were good. The church was greatly 
built up, and nine accepted Christ. Four were baptized, four 
ftwait the rite, and one was reclaimed. Others are near the 
Kingdom.— Lillle Burkholder, R. D. 1, Nappanee, Ind.,, Jan. 16. 

WMte church held her council Dec. 6, Bro. D. C. Campbell pro- 
siding. Elders present were Brethren L. M. Dunbar, ¥}. P.. Dun- 
bar and W. C. Rarlck. Bro. Campbell was reelected as elder for 
1017, and Bro. John Rodgerti superintendent. Bro. E. P. Dun- 
P.Dr proposed to furnish tho wood for the church. On the day 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— Jamiaiy 27, 1917 



some Sunday-school rooms fo 
have cottage prnyer meetings ' 
light plant put in. We took 
(lay at the church, with good n 



Xtlng, Qultti a number of the brethre 
t about a year. We decided to curtn 
the Smaller classes. We i 



^r, and spent the entire 
-Sylvia Cory, Clarkshlll. 



( remodeling it. Our Sunday-school ' 



al meeting at the Batavla house 



leld their Chrlstinns exercises and on Tuesday afternoon, 

the South Brownsvi"- " ■ 

light, Jan. 6, the " 
' rendered a program i 
John S. Wnllech, of areencnslle. Pa. 
A collection of »8.01 was taken for the children 
Thursday afternoon, Jan. 4. the Sisters' Aid Society begat 

again, after having been inactive for 

S. Kaetzel, Brownsville, Md., Jan. 10. 
Fulton Avenue church met In council Jan, 7, with our elder Bro 
"_!^°"P' l'i^?'?.'l?: .S'3c letters were granted. Bro. Roop 



Biuidon church i 
ne(t, officiating. 1 
perintendeut for t 



-Mrs. Nellie 



OREGON 

in council Dec. 22, our elder, Bro. J. W. Bar- 

Wm. Mavlty was elected Sunday-school bu- 

snaulng year. It was decided to hold prayer 

--.-,, ......lesday night.— Mrs. A. C. Hoover. Bor 443, 

, Oregon, Jan. 0. 
S'*_'*-°'^5.. V«ll«y.— About Jhlrty-Hve members assembled Jan. 6 
I moderator. Bro, 



. Barklow i 






last evening, Jan. 14, "to continue "two wwks." We*real!ze'^S'\vI 
have a wide-awake live wire in Bro. Martin, pastor of Geigcr 
M«n,«,i„. „v....... ,r„ „ ,...._ — cumberliind Street. 



Little, 



xty gathered at the i 



representation 



her an opportunity to pledge to the : 
officers were chosen. Our Simdny-i 
Bro. Leslie Garber as superintend) 
meeting night of last week the chi 

wife ft very plensattt surprise. Aboi „ 

tor's home, bringing with them a practical appreciation of 

regard in the form of potatoes, meat, flour and fruit. A bountiful 
supper was served by the ladles, after which we engaged in our 
midweek consideration of the Sunday-school lesson. Jan, 1 and 
2 Prof. Shannon woa with us, and delivered five lectures— three 
before the public schools of Burr Oak, and two to large audiences 



letters were received, — those of the wr _ _ 

come here through the direction of the Mission Board of this 
District, to take up the work as pastor. We have been here two 
■aged with the outlook for building up a 



preached two Spirlt-fllled sermons for us. A goodly 
"■■>-'! present. Bro. A. L. B. Martin began 

We realize that 
Memorial church.— Mrs. _ 
Baltimore City, Md., Jan. 15. 

Meadow Branch Sunday-school recently organized a teachor* 
training class of about one dozen members, and chose Sister Rosa 
A Gelnian. a recent graduate In teacher-training, as their teacher. 
The Westminster Sunday-school contemplates forming n similar 



MICHIGAN 

ZIon.— The members at this place expect to begin a two or 
three weeks' series of meetings Jan. 21, conducted by Bro. Chaa. 
H. Deardorff, of Clarksville, Mich. Since our last report two 
1 Moati, Prescott. 



school 



Sunday- 
I council 
t27.90 was'' taken* 1 "_"'!""" 
Point, Oregon, Jan. 7. 
Talent church met In council Jan. 0, wfth our elder, Bro. S 
Decker, prosidlng. Bro. Decker was choaen as our elder for 



ntendent. We decided i 
; of December Instead o 



giving i; 
Stui 



, Tolent, 



Eld. E, H. Eby , 

good talks on religious conditions 



Dec, 5 and i. 
1 India. — Ora L. 



Mich.. Jan. 13. 



! been recelved- 



MISSOURI 

ngregntlon met in council Jan. 13, EliJ. J. B. Hyiton 



granted. Nearly all 



presiding. One letter 

?i!l?*'^^ were retained. We decided that each "member 

repairing our churchhouse. 



PENNSYLVANIA 

Codoru* church met In council Jan. 1, with Eld. D. Y. Brlllhart 

presiding. One certlflcate of membership was granted Elder 

L. S. Miller, of Llneboro, Md., and Bid. Daniel Bowser, of York 

V y^^t,?'*''."^- brethren Geo. H. Keeny, Samuel C. Godfrey 

,7u .; r*^^^,"* ^^'^^ ^"^^ elated to the deacon's office, and 
r^'"'/'!.'*'' ""^" ^^'^ installed. Our love feast will be held at 
Pa* Jan"'lO ' ""^ *^ "'"' ^■~^" °' ^*^'"""- DBlIastown. 

ElUabellitown church met in council Jan. 4. with Eld S H 
Hertzler presiding. Eld. J. H. Longenecker. of Palmyra Pa 
and Eld. I W. Toylor. of Neftsvllle. Pa., assisted In Ih. el««on 
of a minister. Bro. Harry H. Nye was chosen, and he and hU 
wife were installed. We expect Bro. Petry. from Ohio, to con- 
duct our series of meeUngs, which Is to begin sometine la Feb- 
ruary.— S. P. Engle. 238 South Market Street. Elizabethtown Pa. 



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MONTANA 

Vnlon Center Sunday-school held a C: „.. ,,.„o.„ 

home of Bro. Aaron SVlhart, Dec. 24. A good program 
dered. with a good attendance present. We mot Dec. 31 and 
reorganized our Sunday-school for six months, with Bro Joe 
Swlhart as superintendent. We will have preaching every t^n 



. Waltz 1 






: hy Bro. Aa: 



Swlhart.- Grace Mitchell, Bredette, Mont., 



for the prayers of the 

those who are acquainted here,— In behalf of this work. „. ... 

Heckman, 1216 South Central Avenue. Chanute, Kans., Jan. 17. 

-_ Independence church met In council yesterday afternoon, with 

"d. W. H. Miller presiding. We enjoyed a very pleasant splr- 



freshing from the Lord, We had prnye 
, — especiaTly '*"■ " week, beginning Dec. 18. Dec, 24 I 



, Frank N. Sargent, 



council Jan. 3, with Br( 
i Blough al96istlDg. 

mother year. Bro. L. W. Pollard, with 
.0 the mlnlfltry. HIa election had beta 
Our Dlatrlct M«ttlng will bt 
M. Detwller, of Johnstown, 
inga.— Ada B. Spelcher, Garrett, : 

' Oermantown church met In cooncil Jan. 8, our •Ider. Bro M. 
C. Swlgart, presiding. Our pastor. Bro. M. C. Bwigart was re- 
elected Sunday-school superintendent, and Bro. G. F. Walter 
L..... -. ^^^^ Chrlstlaa Workers. The Christlmn Workera' 
. J .. upport of an orphan In 

more and better 
last report < 



elected aa our pastor foi 
his wife, was Installed i 

effected a number of ye^ ^_. „.„,.,^,^ ^^^^^ 

.uuol^ nJ""i.'" .^'"^'''J'n*^ Immediately foUowhogr Bro! b! 



lively Intereat hai 
n the society In the futun 

en added to the church by baptism. A class of nine 
people has Just completed the course in teacher-training 



Since I 



itual meeting. The church was well represented. "Several ■ 
hindered from coming, by affliction. Bro. Miller, who has stood 
by us so loyally and true, was again reelected elder In charge 
for another year. This is his eighth year, and we appreciate hia 
leadership as shepherd of our flock. Our membership now num- 
bers eighty-seven. Bro, ,Wm. Dyer was elected Sunday-school 
superintendent for the yoar, and Bro. W. B. Burroughs, president 
of the Christian Workers. Our Sunday-school has six classes, 
one of which Is organized. The electing of the teachers for the 
school was placed in the hands of the school officials. At the 
close of the Sunday evening service, those elected to the various 
places of work were colled forward and given an inspiring talk. 
The church is In good working order. We have two prayer meet- 
ings each week, besides a teachers' meeting. Our Christian 
Workers' Band is supporting an orphan in China. Our birthday 
money is also devoted to the work In that mission field.- Pelhi 
Carson, It, D. 2, Independence. Kans.. Jan. 15. 

Kansas Center. — A very pleasant Christmas program was ren- 
dered on Sunday. Dee. 24. by our children aud young folks. Bro. 
J. D. Schmidt and Sister Myrta Hilderbrant. both of McPhersou 
College, gave us short talks. We feel greatly blessed by having 
the inspiration of our college brought into our midst by the oc- 
casional visits of these dear young folks. The little tots were 
given a treat of candy and nuts, which they always enjoy. We 
! every first and third Sunday. Bro. J*. 



wshlp. Deep impresslc 
tint, we are sure, will soon bear fruit. The members were 
I 'spiritually and have taken new courage. Bro. Sargent 



work, and will b« given their dlpl< 
Flory. ^f Covington. Ohio, to begin 

— Ivo M. Jocoby, 7113 Boyer 



Wo expect Bro. Q, W. 



His messages and ; 



lal work, visiting In from I 



1 minister. BrSth- 



le, which Interfered much with the attendance. " There „^^^ 
four other meetings in progress In the city,— one within four 
' Mary E. Whitney, 1720 Second Avenue, Kear- 



r, Xebr., Jan. 10. 

-Eld. H. D. Michael, of Juniata, Nebr., 



L Bible and Music Institute during the t 



Elcher presiding. Tho officers for l-_. .... 
glad to receive the letter of Bro. J, S. Bowman, 

ren L. It. Fox and Harry Meredith, with their wives, ™ 

vanced to tho second degree of the ministry. Bro. M. J. Broughei 
of Greensburg, officiated. Since our last renort three wer* ban 
tlzed. Suuday, Dec. 31, the Sunday-s 

■"' " " . "' edllh □ 
teacher-training. We 



weeks following. Two hours each afternooi 

spent In the study of the following subjects: The Parables o( 
' ^'ble, The Holy Spirit^ Prayer, The Angels, Devil, Book ol 
" .■- ■ . -. . SfQ_ Michael labored earnestly, 



Quarryvllle, Pa., 



and Rudiments ( 
preached excellent sermons on Sunday mornings of Jan. 7 ' 
1. iir^ „.„- ej^ijoyed an Interesting Christmas program Dec. 



k, Mt, Pleasant, Pa., Jon, 10. 
21, Bro. ItufUB P. Bucher, 
rles of meetings for us In 
specially open to him, be- 



four weeks. From the beginning, great Interest wi 

increased as the meetings continued. The tabernacle had to be 

enlarged three different times to hold the crowd's. The campaign 



given by the Sunday-School.— A. F. Eberly, Octavia, Nebr. 



on Christmas Eve to a large and appreciative audience. On Ne-.. 
Year's Day a number gathered at the church for an afternoon 
prnyer meeting and supper. More than 100 (ieople,— a majority 



i of the happiest < 



. Lebanon, — this last c 



home of the v 

—then the home of ._.. 

Easter Day, 1800, the first Sunday-school of tho city i 
It being the first organized effort of the Brethren in 
—J. G. Francis, Lebanon, Pa., Jan. 20. 

Hechanlo Grove. — Dec. 10 Bro. Nathan Martin, of Rh 
caster County, opened a scries of meetings at the Gi 
and continued two weeks. Although tho weather wi 
impassable part of the i 



unite ' 



the < 






1 by all during the supper and 

between services. In leaving, all expres'sed themselves eg having 

ughly enjoyed the afternoon and evening. Some even stated 

, New Year's Day 



baptism.- Mary P. Habecker. Quarryvllle.' Pa,, Jan. 15, 

Mldway.^Jan. 7 Bro. Nathan Martin, of BllEabsthtown, 
District Sunday-school Secretary, addressed the Sunday-scl 



' participated. The i 



also preached for 



; spiritually strengthened. Tuesday 

ing, Jan. ^, we mei in council, m 

present. Bid. E, S. Fox presided. 



of members 



■ membership by letter. Sister Edna Detter Boaz was in- 
stalled into the eldership, with her liusband. Bid. J. M. Boaz, 
We decided to hold our love feast the first Sunday after Easter. 
Brother and Sister Frank Cnimpacker will be with us the last 
of February, to give us a series of lectures on their work in China, 
to which we are anxiously looking forward.— Pearle Fox. Larned, 
Kans., Jan. 13. 

Newton church met in council Dec. 7, Eld. N. B. Baker presid- 
ing. Bro, Baker was elected as elder for another year, and Bro. 
Milton Royer, Sunday-school superintendent. Bro. Baker gave 
I excellent sermon in the morning. We are certainly thank- 
; receiving from our pastor, Bro. Baker, 



by large boxes of splendid provisions, sent us from the Fulls J"""- 15. 
City, Bethel and Octavia churches, if only the donors could have 
seen how these city people enjoyed such a meal, and the good ac. 
complished by bringing them together in this way. they would 
feel amply repaid. We surely do appreciate these generous gifts, 

and take this method of thanking every one who contributed. 

Misa Esther M. Rasp. 210 Keellne Building, Omaha, Nebr. Jan 
16, 

OHIO 
FoBtorla church met In council Dec. 21, Eld. B. F. Snyder pre- 
siding. In the annual election of officers. Bro. J. I. Llndower was 



Notice to the 



M, KIders, Clo-ki and Pastors of the Weit- 

; Meeting of the Weat- 



I Rescue, Temperance, 



Home. — also from the s 
material Intended for t 

must be In the hands of the clerk, K. S. Replogle. nol 
March 5. 1917. Two credential blanks will be sent t( 
gregatlon with the programs. Congregations desiring e 
"-'uld inform the clerk. All bills and expei 



. Wlndber, Pa., 



lelphia (First Church).— On Sunday, Dec. 



ful for the teaching \ 
and for his willingness t 



[aple Grove church. Ashland County, Ohio, met in conncil Jan, 



H. Hupp, Newton, Kans., Jan. 10. 

Prairie View church met In council Dec, 28. Bro. J. H. Force 
vaa elected as elder for one year, Bro. John Roesch as Sunday- 



: year. — Mrs. B. B. 



, Bro. 
series of meetings is 

Bro. Desenberg was chosen as elder for c 
Desenberg, Ashland, Ohio, Jon. 20. 

nlzed our Sunday-school, with 
ident. All work la progressing 
Jan. 7, Henry Early, a pupil 



consisted of ^ngs, recitations by i 



londucted the i 



, after which a box < 



Yiengst, Shallow Water, Kans.. Jan. 

MARYLAND 



. president.— Flora Babylon, 1200 

West Thirty-sixth Street. Baltimore. Md., Jan. 10, 

BrownsvUle.— On Sunday night, Dec. 17. Bro. R. T. Hull, of 
Bakersvllle. Pa., closed a two weeks' series of meetings at this 
church. Bro. Hull labored faithfully, and the interest was good, 
considering the inclement weather much of the time during the 
meetings. The church was built up and greatly benefited by our 
brother's work, and we know that God will bless the effort put 
forth. On Sunday morning, Dec. 24, our Sunday-school reelected 
Bro. Wilbur S. JMinings as superintendent, and in the evening 



Bro. Manly Roberts as superln 
nicely here. On Sunday even!: 

of the Primary Department of our Sunday-school, acted as iead'er 
for our Christian Workers' Meeting. He Is only seven years old,— 
' filled this position at this place. 



superintendent, Bro. Wm. I. 
ing. Each department and 
bringing its offerings and la 
toys for the needy, and moi 



he distributed 



. of Meyersdale, Pa., 



3 did splendidly. Let us hope for otiic 



their reorganization. 



' the West Brownsville Sunday-si _ ,,„ 

and Bro. Henry Feaster. superintendent of the SoiitbBri 
Tllle Sunday-school, Christmas morning the Brownsville Sun- 
day-school rendered aa Interesting program, after which gifts 



) preaching. He did 



attendance for 

(consider the uncertainty o 
certainty of death. It 
Jan. 14. One young lady decided to live a Christian life. Our 
>Sunday-schoor has been reorganized for the new year, with Bro, 
Alvln Fetter superintendent. — Mary Brubaker, Wellersvllle, Ohio. 
Jan. 10. 

OKLAHOMA 
Antelope VaBey church met In council Jan. 6, with our elder. 
Bro. D. E. Crlpe. presiding. Bro. Cripe watt reelected elder for 
the coming year. Sister Olive Dunbar was elected Sunday-school 
superintendent, and Sister Elsie Dunbar president of our Chris- 
Workers* Meeting. On Sunday, Jan. 14, we enjoyed 



we found him lying ( 
to bis right limb. He suffers 
the rigid position in which he U 
of sleep. May we unitedly pray 

He Is a brother of our Sunday-school superintendent. — Mrs, Wm. 
H. B. Scbnell, 1006 North Park Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 12. 
Beadiac church met In council Jan. 8, with our elder, Bre. John 
C. Zug, of Palmyra, presiding. 



1 heavy weight attached 

[npelled to He, and from loss 
for the Father's healing I 



r'-school Buperlntendei 



Workers' president for I 
to And a suitable place i 



us, on Sunday morning, Jan. 21, our dear aged brother, Hiram 
Glbble, of Manheim, to conduct a German servtee. Our church 
seems to have token on new life.— Linn H. Nles, 048 Elm Street. 
Reading, Pa., Jan. 15. 

Blddleaburc church met in council on the afternoon of Dec. 
31, with Eld. John B. Miller, of Curry, Pa., la charge. Bro. Mil- 
ler was elected as elder for tho ensuing 'year, Bro. H. H, Brum- 
baugh aa Sunday-school superintendent, and Mrs. WUmer Oak 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 27, 1917 






HAXTUN CHURCH, COLORADO 

(Concluded from Page M) 
ir Father grant unto u3 strength of character to 
1 the high ideals for which our church stands. We 
hereby thank all who sent contributions through the mail. 
We can assure you that they were needed and much ap- 
preciated, too. May our Father abundantly bless all his 
dear children! S. G. Nickey. 

Haxtun, Colo.. Jan. 12. 



REPORT OF THE DISTRICT MEETINGS OF 
WESTERN COLORADO AND UTAH 

These meetings were held in the First Grand Valley 
church, near Grand Junction, Colo., Nov. 30 to Dec. 3. 

The elders met Nov. 30 to attend to the business that 
came before them. Among other things considered was 
one item of special importance to the church, considering 
the right of brethren becoming members of the " Farm- 
ers' Union." A committee had been appointed to enter 
into an investigation as to the character and object of 
the "Union." There was a union of sentiment among all 
present that, in order to safeguard the non-compromising 
principles of the church, we place ourselves upon record, 
forbidding members of the church to unite with that or- 
^nization in such a way as to compromise any Gospel 

On Friday, Dec. 1, at 9 A. M., we met in District Meet- 
ing. Four churches were represented by seven delegates, 
one church not being represented, and one delegate not 
being present. The meeting was organized by electing 
Eld. J. E. Bryant, Moderator; the writer, Writing Clerk; 
H. C. Wenger, Reading Clerk. The business of the meet- 
ing was then taken up, and the various needs of the Dis- 
trict were considered. Our workers seem to be awake 
to our needs, but finances seem to be our great hindrance 
in reaching out a helping hand to those asking for help 
as well as to fields unoccupied as yet by us. 

The question of organizing a District Orphanage was 
considered, and a motion to organize was carried. The 
organization was completed by electing Eld. Salem Beery, 
of Debeque. Colo., for one year; Sister Delia Coffman, 
of Grand Junction, Colo., two years, and Sister Maud 
Brown, of Fruita, Colo., for three years. 

The District will be represented on Standing Committee 
of 1917 by Eld. J. R. Frantz, with J. E. Bryant as al- 
ternate. Eld. S. Z. Sharp was elected trustee to McPher- 
son College for one year. 

In the discussion of the ministerial topic, " How Can 
the Church Best Educate the Ministry of Tomorrow 
(Preparedness)," it was made very plain that, no matter 
what the demands of the public, the proper education is 
God in the heart, and a thorough Bible and intellectual 
training that they may be able properly to express their 
thought When you select some one to the ministry, 
always do it with the understanding that you will give 
him the best training possible. From a material stand- 
point the criticism was made that we give the janitor 
twice as much as we do our ministry. In the Temperance 
Meeting, not only was the use of liquor condemned, but 
also the cigaret, and tobacco in general. 

The good attendance and the harmony in alt the meet- 
ings gave evidence that the Spirit ruled in the hearts 
of all who took part in the deliberations, and the feeling 
prevails that we had one of the best meetings ever held 
in the new District 

After the usual devotional exercises the meeting ad- 
journed to convene next year in the Fruita church on 
Friday following Thanksgiving of 1917. 

R. D. 2, Fruita, Colo. J. A. Stouder, Clerk. 



MUSCATINE, IOWA 

The " wheel of time " has made another revolution. An- 
other year has passed by, and we find ourselves enter- 
ing upon the duties of the new year. When we take a 
retrospective view of the past year, we thank our Loving 
Father for the showers of blessings by which our faith 
was strengthened and our hopes brightened. Seven have 
been added to our number by baptism. 

The new year dawned upon us with the best working 
force we have ever had. Our installation services, last 
Sunday, were a source of great inspiration. We have our 
work well planned for the year. The most encouraging 
feature of ouf work is. that five of the " Character Build- 
ers " (the young people's class), have united with the 
church during the last year. Our Christmas services were 
splendid. The brethren and sisters showed their appreci- 
ation of our labors by their gifts and united efforts with 
us in the Lord's work. 

I have just begun to realize the great need of work be- 
ing done in Muscatine. The soil must be prepared and 
cultivated, in order to yield a harvest When we cultivate, 
wc must look to God for the genial sunshine and re- 
freshing showers. When a lad was told by his mother 
that it was God who made the beautiful flowers grow in 
tlicir neighbor's yard, he asked: "Why doesn't he make 
some to grow in ours?" He was told: "We haven't pre- 
pared the soil, James." 

Oh, brethren and sisters, pray earnestly that God may 
strengthen the workers in Muscatine, so that they will be 
able to lead many of these noble young people into the 
Kingdom. Leander Smith. 

440 Fletcher Avenue, Jan. 1. 



MATRIMONIAL 



Marriage notices should be accompaoled bj* 50 



1 Jones, of Froid.- 
— By the undersigned, nt 



Gelser, Froid. 



; parents, Brother and Sister Martii 



10, aoic. 

Bro. Ernest Burkholder and Sister Mabe] Wilson. — I. R. Beery, 
Lanark. III. 

K&o-Stceple. — By the undersigned, Id tlie Graadview cliurch, 
Mont., Dec. 31, lOlC. Bro. Guy Kao and Sister Nellie Steeple, both 
ot near Froid.— J. S. Gelser, Frold, Mont. 

Matlieny-CnmpbelL — By the underslgQed, at Mount Ternon 
church, Augusta County, Va., Dec. 26, 1916, Mr. Wallace H. Ma- 
theny and Sister Mary Belle Campbell, both of near Lyndhurst, 
Va.— J. R. Kindlg, Waynesboro, Va. 

Myors-Mat8on. — By the undersigned, at his home in Auburn, 
Ind., Jan. 10, 1017, Mr. Ernest P. Myers, of Claypool, Ind.. and 
Sister Edna Matson. of Sidney, Ind.— C. Walter Warstler, 800 



FALLEN ASLEEP 



die in tho Lord" 



hurch. Interment in the Husband cemetery. — Mary S. Meyers, 



Bottlnffer, Bro. John, boi 
IS61, died Jan. 8. 1017, at his home i 

I and 13 days. Two sons preceded him. He i 



Linville Creek cemetery. — Irving 



1 Butler County, Pa.. 
i., Dec. 31, 1916, aged 



CENTRALIA, WASHINGTON 

About two years ago the mission class of the Centralia 
church opened a mission point at the Lewis County Poor 
Farm, nine miles south of Centralia. In spite of the 
distance, and at times bad roads, the work has been faith- 
fully kept up by our ministers, and much credit is due 
also to the young people of our Sunday-school, who, with 
their presence and songs of praise have brought cheer 
and gladness into the hearts of the inmates, who are 
mostly old people, and seem to enjoy the seasons ot wor- 
ship afforded by the Brethren. After nearly two years, 
one, a man of eighty-three years, was persuaded to ac- 
cept Christ We think others are counting the cost 

On Christmas morning, autos having previously been 
arranged for, eleven of these aged people were brought 
to the home of Bro. E. L. Whisler, in Centralia. Here a 
bountiful dinner was provided for them. In the after- 
noon the young people of our Sunday-school rendered a 
very appropriate Christmas program, which was appreci- 
ated and enjoyed by the guests. A large number of Breth- 
ren and friends were present to enjoy the program and 
make the acquaintance of the old people. Each of the 
inmates of the County Home was presented with a pair 
of house slippers and a box of Christmas goodies, which 
had been provided by the young people of the Sunday- 
school. We «re made to believe we should more often 
heed Christ's injunction in Luke 14: 13, and invite to our 
feasts those who do not enjoy so many good things in 
life as those of us who are more favorably situated. 

Centralia, Wash., Jan. 2. Delia Fouts. 



ler. Interment . 
Broadway, Va. 

Bniboher. Sister Mary, nee Ne 
Oct. 30, 1835, died at her home it 
81 years, 2 months and 1 day. SI 
October 1, 1857. To this union were born Ave daughters 
and one son, all of whom are living. Her son, Walter Nelson 
Brubaker, Is a minister In the Church of the Brethren. Her hus- 
band died three years ago. She was an active and faithful mem- 
ber of the church for many years. Services by Eld. Jason B. Hol- 
lopeter. Test, Mark 14: 8 and Luke 10: 42. Interment in the 
Rockton cemetery. — Dallas B. Kirk. Rockton, Pa. 

Bucher, Mrs. Cora, wife of Leonard Bucher, born May 24, 187S, 
died Dec. 27, 1010. of pleuro-pneumonla, aged 38 years. 3 months 
and 7 days. She leaves her aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. Abram 
Kurtz, four brothers and four sisters, her husband and eight 
children. Interment and services at Heidelberg, by Mr. Landls. 
of the Mennonlte church, and Bro. J. L. Royer. Text. Paa. 00: 
12.— H. F. King. Myerstown. Pa. 

Deardorfr. Sister Mary Margaretta. daughter of Ephralm and 
Slargaret Deardorff, born near Gettysburg. Pa., March 13, 1848, 
■■ ' Dec. 28, 1010, aged 68 years. months and 15 days 



she sustained 



death was caused by a stroke of paralysis ^ 

on Friday before her death. Her father, mother and one brother 

preceded her in death. She Is survived by her aged stepmother, 



I sister. Serv- 



four brothers and two sisters. Sh 

ices at the home of her brother, Oscar Deardorff. with 

Interment in the Gettysburg cemetery 
. . . __. iiurrv Brindle. o' ~ ' * "" - - 
Gettysburg, Pa. 



a sorrowing husband and three little daughters. Services in the 
East Dayton church, by Eld. J. O. Garst. Text, 1 Cor. 0: 1.— 
Dacle Baldwin. 303 Huston A*-enue. Dayton, Ohio. 

Troy, sonof Bro. Daniel aiid Sister Mnry Dilllng. born 



Carroll County, Ind,. Aug. 7. 1800, died 
eble-mhided at Ft. Wayne. Ind.. Jan. 3. : 

I by his father, mother, thi 



1017, aged 26 ] 
father, mothe 
Montlcello church by 



Sister Ebbert i 



County, Md., 
ler home In Baltimore City. Md,. Dec. 18, 
lonths and J8 days. On the day previous 
1 her usual good health, but while sealed 
IS stricken with paralysis, the entire left 
t first ahe lay In a aemiconsclous state. 
■ the spirit returned to God who gave it. 



Text, 2 Tim. 4: 7. 8. Interm 



I MndlsoD TowD' 



::iarks Hill, aged 74 years. 2 months and 1 day. He i 
it John E. and Clara Ermentrout, of Hardy County, ^ 
[narried Sept. 14, 1865, to Elizabeth Cr( 



: been blessed i 



, for this aged 



and willing worker for the Master, and n most loving and 
devoted husband and father. — Sylvia Cory, Clarks Hill, Ind. 

Flory, Magdalene, nee Lehman, born In Adams Township, Deri- 
ance Co.. Ohio, May 20, 1838, died at the age of 78 years, 6 months 
and 27 days. She was married to Henry Flory, Jan. 10. 1S5S. 



i daughters and two t 



in 2S04. Services : 



I Good Hope church, om 



}-half mUea south of Helena. 
la., by the writer, assisted by Elder H. Booze. Text, Job 14 : 
Interment in the cemetery near by. — J. A. Root. Goltry, Okla. 
loovcr, Bro. Jacob L., born JaU. 0. 1824, in Bedford County, 
. 20, 1010, near Saxton. Pa., aged i~ 



Feb. 



Esther Ruth, dfti 



he 






Mrs. B.ii 



Run church, by Eld. 
Hill cemetery. — Martha 



t Shad Point 



ived by all who I 



ohnson, died at their h< 
aged -3 years, 2 months i 
time with pnei 



Services by Bro. G. C. Mltchel. Burial at the Beach cen 
—Mary E. Mitchel, R. D. 2, Center Point, Ind. 
trn, Bro. Gabriel, born at Goshen, Ohio. July 14, 1825, died i 



united with the Church of the Brethren ; 



devoted to the church of liis choice, being very faithful in at- 
tending all the services ot the church. His devoted companion 
preceded him Sept. 13, 1012. His seven sons also preceded him 
in death. He leaves two daughters, thirteen grandchildren, three 
great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandrhild; also one 
sister. Services in the Union Grove church by the writer, assisted 
by Bro. V. Browning. Test, 2 Tim. 4: 0-8. Interment in the 



:ville. Dec. 22. 1016, aged 44 years, 8 months 
the daughter of Brother and Mrs. Jeremiah 
■ husband, two sons, one daughter and her 



' Church of the Brethr 



, 10 months and 27 days. He united 



of tll€ 

and in his home. I 

was well enough to attend, often attending when h.irdly able. 

Services nt his home by Bro. M. J. Brougher. of Greensburg. Pa., 

J, K. Eicber, J. L. Updeeraph, and the writer. Interment in the 

Mt. Joy cemetery, — B. B. Ludwick, Mt. Pleasant, Pa. 

I S., born Oct. 13, 1876, died Jan. 0, 1017. aged 41 



him i 



, 2 months 



Mt. Pleasant, 



ago. 



t days. His wife and only child i 



: 4.— B. B. Ludwick, Mt. Plei 



I in Wabash Coun- 



In 1800 SlRter Milam, ^ 



ude. Services by the writer. Text John 12; 24, assisted by Eld. 
~i. T. DierdorfC and Eld. Andy Miller, of the Old Order fa fth.— 
J. M. Shorb, Surrey, N. Dab. 

BlUler, Freda Irene, daughter of Lee and Marjorie Miller, born 
3ct. 11, 1016, died Dec. 14, 1016. aged weeks and 1 day. Serv- 
ir. Bro. G. K,- Walker.— Ella Kelly, 



June 0, 1840, died Jan. 4. 1917, aged 70 : 

days. Sister Myers was a daughter of James and Tnni 

She lived most of her life in Tippecanoe and Montgoni 



sisters. So far 



i spirit world. She 



isistent Christian Ufe. 



'. the AnnvlUo 



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t In council Jan. 13 



(Publishing Agent of Ueoeral Miaston Board), 
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D. L. MILLEB, Editor EDWARD FRAN 



A. N. Hylton, presiding. Two 1 
ed. Our elder, on i ' 

diate neighborhood, 






Special Contributors: H. B. Brumbaugh, Huntingdon, Pn., 
J. H. Moore. Sebrlng. Fla.; H. C. Early. Penn Lnlrd, Va.; A. C. 
Wiennd. Chicago, 111.; D. W. Kurti. McPhersoD, Kans. ; H. A. 
Brandt. Lordsburg, Cal. 

BnslnesB Manager, B. E. Arnold 
Advisory Committee; D. M. Garver, P. n. Keltner, 3. N. McCniin 



. M.. Sunda; 
ec. Bro. W. E. Lackey, of Pat 
urch and began preaching the ( 



Hrelved (or baptism 
reached a good aer 
. County, Va., cam 
B evening. 



Entered at the Postofflce at Elgin, III., aa Second-c 



I Matter 



forth the Word with i 



Notes from Our Correspondents 

(Concluded from Page fll) 

meeting in the near future, for tlie pur- 
, at which time n formerly-elected dea- 
:on will be installed.— H. H. Brumbaugh. Deflnnce, Pa., Jan. 15. 
Robinson church met In council on Tuesday evening, Jan. 0, 
i3Id. H. S. Keplogle presiding. Bro. J. T. Shaffer was elected i 



iwcr. One united with the church, and the 
■aged and built up. We have received into 
ir, twenty-three by baptism. We 



I World-wide fiUssion during t 
$13 for building churches; h 



ming year. We i 



Sunday-school superintendent for 

to repair the church In the spring. On Prld: 

to reorganize our Christian Workers' Meeting. 

aer was elected president. We held our Christmas S' 

Sunday evening, Dec. 24. Wc had an excellent program, 

good attendance. We received a good offering, which 






16. 



r for G 



-Mrs. Carrie I 



1 Jan. 0, Bro. P. J. Blough ] 






spiritually and Qnanclally. — Stella 



t ended, the church 
rer, Windber. Pa., 



Shade Creek church met In council Dec. 30, with Bro. Wm. H. 
Frye as moderator. Church officers were elected for the new year. 
Since our last report an election for two deacons was held at the 
Ridge church. The lot felt upon Brethren Chas. Brubaker and Ira 
Shaffer, Our congregation met for worship In the Berkey bouse 
on Thanksgiving Day. A thank offering was lifted for the Oen- 
erol MUslon Board. The Sunday-schools of the various houses 
I reorganized for the new year. Bro. Samuel Pierce, of 



John 



■^Mrs. Orlandes j 



the 
1 on Sunday morning. 



. 31. 



;r«e)(. — Dec. 24 r 



District 
tme work, and have 
an, Floyd, Va., Jan. 10. 



Bro. Frank Baldwin as superintendent. Wednesday, 
wo had short services at the home of Brother and Sister 



.Venatcheo.— Dec. 17 Sister Faw, our District Sunday-school 
y, was with us. Her toik to us, both morning and even- 
1 helpful and much appreciated. Dec. 18. Bi 



evening, Dec. 23, our Sunday-s 
gram. Dec. 31 Bro. J. H. GrayblU, of Nampa, Idaho, began a 
series of meetings, which continued until Jan. 14. He delivered 
seventeen soul-lnsplring sermons, which were very helpful to 
this congregation. — Harriet Buntain, Wenatchee, Wash., .Tan. 15. 
Spokane. — ^Another year has closed, with ten additions to this 
church by baptism, and two by letter. One letter was granted, 
littereatlng Christmas program * ' ~ - 



Christmas. We convened in 
Day, at which time the ofBcers for the : 
Stephen John 
Dull, Sunday- 
president of the Christian 
up Bible study, which will follow the Sunday-school lesson 
until we can secure a minister or pastor to give us regular serv- 
ices in preaching. Sister Stephen Johnson is teaching the class. 
—Geo. D. Aschenbrenner, South 100 G Street, Spokane, Wash., 



We closed with i 



Ralph Schlosser. of 
irogram. The school 
some of the children 
;t and a large attend- 



melstown, which 



> excellent ! 



There will be preaching ; 



Ralph Schlosst 



1 the 1 



I also a large attendai 



Grubb was reelected superiDtendent. 
1 council at the Spring Creek house, with : 
' presiding. The ofBcers for our Sunday-sc 
Bro, A. G. Longenecker, superintendent 



; the way up a steep i 



wilt giv< 



' the 



I In I 



I chu 



I anointed, 
ur preach- 
He Tj8ite<l 



I for Spring Creek. The officers for Chris- 
1 these places were also appointed. Dec. ] 
opened a series of meetings at the Sprln, 



walking fll 

it an aged brother, who 

organization ef- wept for joy at seeing him. We greatly need a pastor in this 

iDbelUtowu. an- city. Work will be plentiful here with the coming of the Army 

Post and its thousands of soldiers. The ship-buitdlug plants 

of different binds to many men. Any one desiring 

1 will do well to investigate Tacoma. — Mrs. Elsie 

. 2, Tacoma, Wash., Jan. 10. 

enjoying a great blessing, 
by Bro. J, 



1 the midst < 



■ Bible Institute, 



I Dec. 31, and 



He preached the Word with po' 



ty-nlne sermon^. He labored 
Twenty-eight stood for Christ, of which number I 
tlie last week, ending Jan. 7. Bro. Schlosser coul 
us longer, on account of hta work at : 
Frank S. Carper, one of our home i 
seated to take up the work, which is still being c 
od for Christ.— Harry S. ( 



Ion of Bible study. We 1 



I Monday evening, Jan. 



had 



ses'slons each 



: Btay with Yakima, Wash.. 



have been good from the 
Dec. 24, Sister Faw, of North 
gave us two talks on Sunday- 
icouraglng and helpful.— Galen 



Street, Palmyra. Pa.. Ja; 
irk (First Church).— Jan. 5 we met in councU, 
Sunday-school, Eld. Daniel Bowser presiding. 



uperlntendent at the Second < 



reorganize 

Bro. J. J. 

periutendent. Bro. J. K. Pfaltzgraff was 



ning, with a lo' 



May 13. W« 



Bo\rser presidli 

was granted. We decided to hold 

tpected Eld. Wm. Howe to begin 



by impressions 



■ that he had J- Savllle presiding. Eld. 



of sickness. Our elder, °^ ' 



been accepted. The 



I Improved. Jan. 7 Bro. 
eached two sermons at 
in afflicted for several y« 



: Market Street, York. Pa., Jan. 16. 

TENNESSEE 
w.— The Brethren at this place met for 
Bro. Jesse Clark presiding. On Sunday ; 
polntment. as our elder, Bro. Edwards, wd 



seriously ill 
help. The ' 
prospects for i 






with preaching services twice each 
Id Interest were good. Many lasting 
,na Nicola, Moatsvllle, W. Va., Jan. 



1 here, but his resignation has not 
school was reorganized, with Bro. 
We have been much handicapped 
Eld. A. W. Arnold's wife has been 
possible for him to give us much 
! well begun for the year, and the 
! bright.- Susie E. Arnold, Pleasant 



Dale, W. Va., Jan. 

WISCONSIN 

Ippewa VftUey.— Jan. 6 we met in council at the home o 
, Bro. H. C. Baker, who has been confined to his hoc 
int of severe Illness for the past three months. He was 
I Improved in health, and was able to preside over the 
i truly glad. We reelected Sunday-t 



Tenn,, Jan. 16. 



Jonesboro. Tenn.— N. T. Larimer, Jonesboro, 

TEXAS 

let In council Jan. 6, Bro, Blair Hoover presiding. 



with Bro. C. L. Salsbury as super- 



offlcera for the t _ _. _ 

intendent.— John Crlpe^ Mondo\i. Wis., Jan. 

Rice Lake.— Bro. J. E. Morphew. of Tipton, Iowa, ha's loeatei 
here with us, and we now enjoy regular church services and i 
Sunday-school of about thirty scholars. Sunday. Jan 14 on 



! present, considerlDg the 1 



We decided I 



1. conducted by our home 
3t is to be held at the close of t! 
and midweek prayer meeting 



begin a series of meetings 

minister, Bro. Blair Hoover. 

meetings. Our Sun- 



aged with 1 
Jan. 18. 



i received into t 



here.— Sister N. 



sUndIng for Christ's 



both progressing 
nd spiritual man, 
allies. R. D. 1, Miami, Texas, 



: pastor, Bro. J. M. Mye; 



VIRGINIA 

}n Saturday, Jan. 6, w 
I interesting and pteasa 



We had an Interesting Cht ,.._„ . ,,.,.,„, 

Christian Workers' Society. The Sunday-school has 
n „ . nission field for I 



NOTES NOT CLASSIFIED 



Jan. 7 the newly-elected North 



* revival Services t 



Hagerstown, Md., is 
h. Fourth Street and 
preached nine 



YOU HAVE SEEN the beautiful picture on 
le cover of The Scripture Text Calendar. As 
{I you know, the title is 

^'Christmas Mom" 



he basement Is being furnished, 
ive their own opening exercises. Bro. F. H. Cr'uE 
mtly from China, gave us several excellent lectui 
luntry Jan. 11 and 12. The Bible term will ope 
rethren J. E. Miller. Paul Bowman, and members 
ge faculty, will do the teaching. One query will gc 



id for Christ. There 
vork will be continued this v 
interest. One and all rejoice 



> Lord.- M. C. Flohr, 



t C Street, S. E., Wash- 



r nicely.— M. J 



The 1 



: of 1 



Tnmer presiding. Bro. C. 
superintendent. We changed the time 
to the last Saturday of each quarter, 



Good, Brldgewater, Va.. Jan. 12. 

In council Jan. 13, with Eld. Daniel 

Sunday-school 

meetings 



C.).— Eld. R. G. Edwards, of the Pleasant View 
F"?. " ^"'^^_'*' '■**■'''''' meetings in this church 
"' ' "■ preaching In all 



2 o'clock. Out 



f the brethren wish to be with i 



twenty-nine sermons. Bro. Ed 
of the Gospel. His sermons n 
Eight came out on the Lord's 

Is to be baptised later. Four .,.„..^„ om. 

be received by letter.— Jennie M. Robb, Camp'obello 



baptized. One 




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THE Gospel Messenger 



'SET FOR THE DEFENSE OF THE GOSPEL."— Philpp. 1: 17 



Vol. 66 



Elgin, 111., February 3, 1917 



No. 5 



In This Number 

lltorltti,— 
A Goapel of Great Monosyllables 05 



Why Does Sympathy Encourage? '|,* 

untrlbubors' FoTiun,— 

Tlie Test (Poem), 

What Has Happened to John Barleycorn? By F. F. Hol- 



Conseience and Superstition. By David i 



The Ohio Dry Convention. By Levi Mlonieh, 
le Bonnd Table, — 
What Is It to Forgive? By Ida M. Helm, .. 



Write Best Letters. By Mrs. Grace R. Sell. ... 
■amUy,— 
' Tear'a Acrostic (Poem). By Mrs. J. S. Thomas, 



• BDITORIAU... 



A Gospel of Great Monosyllables 

" In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 
... I am the light of the world. ... Ye shall know the 
Iruth.and the truth shall make you free. ... I came 

(hat they may have life By this shall all men know, 

... if ye have love. ... I am the way, and the truth, 
and the life. ... If a man love me, he will keep my 
word. . . . That the love, . . . may be in them. . . . And 
that ... ye may have life in his name." 

Here we have the quintessence of the' Gospel of 
John. The omitted portions are but amplifications of 
these simple monosyllabic statements. Study them. 
See how they go straight to the heart of the Gospel 
message. Note especially the four great words, life, 
light, truth, love. Look at these words until they 
strike fire in your soul. Then follow them, one at a 
time, through the Gospel of John, not in a hurry, but 
taking time to ponder, and pray, and purpose. By the 
time you get through, you will not be able to contain 
yourself, just as, in fact, you ought not to be. For 
you will have caught such a vision of Christian dis- 
cipleship and have gathered such a momentum of 
spiritual energy, that you can not live unto yourself. 
The light and lozie and truth in your own life must 
overflow into other lives. 

That is, of course, if you have studied these words 
with an open and hungry heart. Indeed, you can hard- 
ly master one of them, without involving the others, 
so interdependent are they. But the very joy of it 
will make you want to know them all in the fullest 
measure. And there are-other big little words in John's 
Gospel that you will want to kncAv, like grace and 
peace and faith, though the last named is found mostly 
in tTie form of its cognate verb. 

How the more ponderous and many-syllabled terms 
we sometimes wrestle with, would light up with mean- 
ing, if w£ but understood these simple ones! 



Sin 

How the Poison Works 

When jour first parents had yielded to the tempta- 
tion, there was, first of all, an experimental knowledge 
of evil, — their tyes were indeed opened to sin, but at 
the same time they were also blinded to much that was- 
good. Then followed shame. Shame is a result of 
sin, and shame leads people to cover up and hide their 
sins. " A guilty conscience makes cowards of us all."' 

Next came fear. Did not Adam say he was afraid. 



and of course inevitably there follows estrangement 
from each other and from God, because, when a man 
has a feeling of guilt, or a consciousness of sin or im- 
perfection in himself, he tries to hide the evil in him- 
self from tlie view of others, and at tlie same time he 
instinctively recognizes the necessity of defending 
himself against the evil in his fellows, because the 
germs of evil in his own heart and the possibilities it 
holds, of harm to others, teaches him that his fellow- 
man is likewise capable of harming him. 

So it was also when they heard the voice of God as 
he was walking in the garden in the evening. The 
man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of 
the Lord. And then when God insisted and found 
them, they tried to excuse themselves for their sin, 
denying their personal responsibility in the matter. 
The man said the woman enticed him. The woman 
said the serpent beguiled her. 

And so it always is. Men first of all try to hide 
their sins. Then, when they find this impossible, they 
try to excuse themselves and to deny responsibility 
therefor. 

But just as in the remainder of this story, so God 
always drags the sin to the light, fixes the responsibil- 
ity, — ^and inevitably follows the punishment commen- 
surate with the sin. 

But not in vindictiveness, not in wrath, but in love. 
God did not say, " Cursed is the ground " " for spite," 
or " in penalty," but " Cursed is the ground for thy 
sake." And what a blessing is work to sinful man ! 
If you doubt it, consider for a little what evil people do 
when they have holidays, when they are idle, even on 
the Lord's Day, and how they amuse themselves, and 
how, indeed, the lusts of the flesh triumph over their 
hetter natures. " a. c. w. 

Making the Way Straight 

John the Baptist said that his work was to make 
the Lord's way straight. It is the figure of a road in 
which the sharp turns are rounded oil, the hills cut 
•down, and the low places filled, so that travel will be 
easy. John was trying to make the Christ's work easy. 



He wanted to help llie cause as much as possible. 
Now this is exactly your business and mine today. 
It is our business to help the Lord in his great work of 
saving the world. It is not much that we can do. The 
work is his, and the strength must be his. And yet 
our part is important loo. We can help or hinder. We 
can make the task easy or hard. We can hasten its. 
consummation or we can defer it. The question is: 
Which are we doing? Are we mnking the way 
straight, or are we only adding to the hills and crooks 
in it already? _^_^^^_^^^_ 

The By-Product of Intercessory Prayer 

Do you know tl\e beautiful story of the dove that 
saved its own life by saving that of a smaller bird 
which took refuge under its wings in a blizzard? Dr. 
C. C. Albertson refers to it in a recent number of the 
Christian Herald: "The smaller bird was saved by 
the sheltering wings of the dove, and, incidentally, the 
spark of lite was kept alight in the dove's own heart 
by the living thing that nestled near it." 

How often has a great, personal deliverance been the 
uncalculated by-product of an effort to save others! 
Was it a mere coincidence that " the Lord turned the 
captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends "? Or 
was it that only when" he ceased to tliink wholly of his 
bwn troubles, and became interested in the fate of his 
well-meaning but misguided friends, he was in proper 
mood to receive the blessing God wanted to give him? 
May it be that our own pleadings with God, for help in 
lime of trouble, seem sometimes unfruitful, just be- 
cause our pleadings are so much for our own troubles? 
Suppose, when .overwhelmed with misfortune, we 
think of somebody else in like or worse condition, and 
pray for him? 

If you never pray for anybody but yourself, the 
chances are that you are closing up the biggest, deepest 
channel of blessing for yourself. For in prayer, as in 
every other phase of Christian experience, the faith 
that avails is tlie faith that works through love. And 
how can there be any love in faith when its concerns 
are wholly selfish ? 



Filling the Commandments Full 



From the Pharisaic viewpoint, Jesus was not veiy 
respectful to the "law." In the matter of clean and 
lunclean meats and in his attitude to the Sabbath regu- 
lations his conduct was particularly offensive. Some 
thought he was trying to destroy the law, but he in- 
sisted that he " came not to destroy, but to fulfill." 
And fulfill here, let it be noted carefully, is not merely 
a more polite term than destroy, with substantially the 
same meaning. Jesus' way of fulfilling " these least 
commandments " was to fill them full of meaning so as 
to observe them fully. 

The Pharisees thought they were keeping the com- 
mandments as long as they did the specific deed en- 
joined, or refrained from the specific act forbidden. 
But Jesus included thoughts and feelings within the 
scope of the commandments, even when the words 
mentioned only deeds. Cherishing evil desire, he said, 
was enough to make one guilty. Jie made the motive, 
rather than the act, the determining factor. 

This was finding in the commandments much more 
than the current teaching found, but they were not full 
enough yet to suit their new Interpreter. He went a 
step farther. Pluck out your eye, cut off your hand, 
lie said, and the right one at that, if it is the means of 
leading you into sin. If you would keep the command- 
ment fully, you must not only not do the forbidden act, 
you must not only not cherish the desire to do it, but 
you must rid yourself of whatever causes you to cher- 



ish the evil desire. Or, to put tlie matter positively, 
your loyalty must not only go beyond the deed itself, to 
the motives and feelings consistent therewith, but you 
must do whatever is necessary to foster feelings of 
loyalty. How the divine injunctions expand under the 
filling in process of the Master! 

Surely a commandment can hold no more than this. 
But wait. Can you believe your eyes? The great 
Commandment Filler is pouring in some more ! 

Don't swear to a vow and break it, the law had said, 
but "perform unto the Lord thine oaths." Watch 
Jesus fill up this one! Not only must you keep your 
vows, not only must you sincerely desire to keep them, 
not only must you do whatever will help you to want 
to keep them, but you must tell the truth and keep your 
vvord without taking any oath at all. Do you see what 
has happened here? He has filled in and poured in and 
filled in until he has actually split wide open the old 
wineskin of this commandment and its rich juicy con- 
tents have spilled out and filled up the new and larger 
one he has made for it. 

Did he " destroy " this commandment, abrogate it ? 
Not by any means. He merely showed his disciples 
how to obey it rightly. He fulfilled it by filling it up 
with meaning. He distinguished between the letter and 
the spirit, the form and the content, the statute and 
the principle. He saw how its letter was killing, so he 
liberated its life-giving spirit. The form, which had 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 3, 1917 



grown tliick and hard in the Pharisaic mind, he shat- 
tered into fragments that its content might come in- 
to view. The principle embodied in this ancient com- 
mandment was the obligation to be truthful. The stat- 
ute, while tlie best that was possible in the age when 
it was given, was nevertheless a partial, incomplete 
expression of tlie principle. Jesus took the principle 
and gave it perfect, unlimited expression. He ful- 
filled the commandment, but he did not make an end of 
it. He simply filled it full, absolutely full. 

Obedience to the commandments of God is funda- 
mental. It was so under Moses. It is no less so under 
Christ. But the glory of the Christian Gospel is that 
it shows us the real meaning of obedience, namely, 
loyalty to the principle embodied in the commandment. 
It is living that principle, however much this may go 
beyond ihe specific acts enjoined or forbidden. 

The so-called legalist makes much of the importance 
of keeping the commandments. In this he is exactly 
right. The mischief he does is not due to too much 
emphasis on obedience. It is due, in part, to his er- 
roneous conception of the way in which obedience is 
related to salvation, but chiefly to his failure to grasp 
what obedience is. He has gone to school to the scribes 
rather tlian to Jesus Christ. The exact wording of a 
commandment is very dear to Iiim. He would sit up 
nights figuring out the particular acts which the words 
may be made to cover, but he never loses any sleep 
considering in how many ways he may apply the ethical 
or spiritual principle in the commandment to the devel- 
opment of his own soul life. To him the command- 
ments are merely so many specific things to be done, 
or not to be done, if only he can determine the exact 
number, in return for which service God will save him, 
whatever that may mean to him. He does not see, 
as he would if he 'were a better pupil of Jesus, that 
commandments are concrete statements of eternal 
principles which must be built into the soul fabric, that 
nnly as this is done h he really obeying the command- 
ments and that only so can he ever know the real mean- 
ing of salvation. 

The necessity of obedience has been a strong note in 
the past teaching of the Church of tlie Brethren. It 
ought to he just as strong in that of the future. But 
there is still plenty of room for improvement in appre- 
hending the nature of perfect obedience. Jesus showed 
us exactly what this is. He himself obeyed the com- 
mandments of God as they existed in his day, and by his 
method of obeying them, taught us how to obey these 
commandments as they now exist in the New Testa- 
ment. He fulfilled them by filling them so full of 
meaning, both in his teaching and his practice, that, in 
some instances, he burst the shell in order to get at 
the meat}' content. Yes, let us keep the command- 
ments, by all means, but let us learn from our great 
Master how to do it. Let us not deceive ourselves with 
a shallow statutory conformity to the letter,. Let us 
fill the commandments- full! 



Faithfulness in the Ministry 

What about a minister of the Gospel, who persists 
in working on Sunday whenever called upon to do so, 
by those for whom lie labors, is the question that is 
puzzling a few real devout members, residing in a com- 
munity where a preacher's standing is expected to 
count for something. 

There is just one way of solving all such problems, 
and that is for a congregation to see to it that she does 
not have in her ranks that kind of a preacher. It is 
the church's privilege to say what kind of men are to 
he entrusted with the Word, and if she persists in keep- 
ing in office one who has no disposition to honor the 
cause he represents, by magnifying his office, she has 
no one to blame but herself for the discreditable in- 
fluence it may have in the community. 

Paul, in 2 Tim. 2 ; 2 says, that the Word should be 
committed " to faithful men." It needs no reasoning 
to show that a preacher, who persists in setting a bad 
example for his neighbors, by engaging in secular pur- 
suits on the Lord's Day, is not a faithful man. He is 
not even a credit to the locality in which he resides, to 
say nothing about lowering the standard of the min- 
istry- The man who has accepted a call to the minis- 
try, ought to think enough of himself,.«nd the church 



of which he is a member, to abstain from the things 
that are discreditable. 

The mere fact that a man has once been called to 
the ministr>', is no reason why he should be permitted 
to lower the standard of the sacred office by his per- 
sistent disregard of commonly-accepted proprieties. 
The dignity and creditable standing of the ministry 
must be maintained, and the man who will not do his 
duty in helping to maintain at least a reasonable stand- 
ard, can serve tlie church far more acceptably in the 
laity than in the ministry. 

No congregation can afford to have the ministerial 
standard lowered in her .community. To do so means 
the ultimate weakening and corruption of the church, 
as well as the losing out in influence. The lowering 
of the standard of the membership, in part, may be 
offset in other ways, but the lowering of the ministerial 
standard is fatal to every department of church in- 
terest. And when the time comes when a minister can 
not, and will not, strive to maintain this standard, he 
will confer a favor on the church, the cause he repre- 
sents, and the community in which he resides, by 
serving his Master as best he can in the laity. 

This does not mean that a minister must invariably 
have a certain literary and efficiency standing, in 
order to pose as a preacher of the Gospel. A commu- 
nity can overlook a few blunders in grammar in the 
pulpit, as well as a lack of pulpit polish and ethics, in 
a man whose life lines up with the Gospel, but she will 
not, and should not, be asked to overlook a life, in a 
minister, that is a discredit to the church and her high- 
er claims. 

The man who can not bring himself to the point of 
magnifying the sacred ofhce of the ministry, and can 
not conceive of the ministry of the Word as an elevat- 
ing and purifying force, may be retained in the laity, 
but there is no excuse for placing him before the pub- 
lic as a preacher of the Gospel Every minister, while 
not thinking too highly of himself, ought to think 
enough of himself, and the cause he represents, stu- 
diously to avoid everything that tends to lower the 
standard of the minister, and the one who will not do 
this, in all good faith, lacks one of the fundamental 
elements in proof that he has received a call from God 
to preach. We do not believe that God will endorse 
the action of a congregation, in committing the Word 
to that type of a man, and the sooner the church can 
be induced to take this view of the situation, the better. 

What we are here saying, regarding a minister who 
persists in ignoring the sacredness of the Lord'*; Day, 
may apply with equal force to every other class of im- 
proprieties, in conversation, dealing, or anything relat- 
ing to life and conduct. The standard of the leaders, 
in teaching the people, in converting sinners, and main- 
taining the cause for which the New Testament stands, 
must he maintained at all hazards, all along the line. 

Not only so, but the authority in maintaining this 
standard, rests with the church. The church can say 
who may be entrusted with the Word, and who not. 
Her teachers, to fill the demands of the Gospel, must 
be faithful and efficient. She may survive some lack 
in efficiency, but she can not live and thrive with un- 
faithful men in the ministry. j. h. m. 



Proverbs 



The Book of Proverbs is, we suppose, so well known 
that it is not at all necessary to take the time or space 
to give a special explanation. Proverbs are short, 
familiar and pithy sayings, so generally used and 
understood, that they may be quoted readily, either in 
writing or in conversation, to enforce a truth or a com- 
parison. Whether Solomon wrote them all, or a con- 
siderable part of them, it is liot our purpose to discuss, 
neither would it fiave any special bearing on the 
thoughts we now have in mind for this paper. As to 
the special purpose which the writer had in mind, 
when writing them, we don't know. As he was con- 
sidered, in his day, a man of more than ordinary wis- 
dom and experience, he, no doubt, had a purpose in 
view. Probably he had in mind that they would be in- 
teresting and helpful to the people then living, as well 
as to generations yet unborn, as they surely have been. 
Think of a book that has been open before the world 
for thousands of years, and yet much of it is as appli- 



cable and practical today, and for the present gener- 
ation, as many books of recent years. This is the best 
possible evidence of the wisdom and foresight of the 
author. 

The Proverbs have been quoted by the prophets and 
the most noted writers^ scholars and speakers of all 
ages, where the Bible has been known. So it has been 
the forerunner of Christian civilization, and has con- 
tributed an honorable part to the religion of the world. 

Many of the texts for some of our most interesting 
sermons have been selected from the Book of Prov- 
erbs. Our last prayer meeting was opened by giving 
a number of Bible quotations, and among them were 
some of these Proverbs. Because of one of them you 
are having these thoughts. 

Turn to Prov. 16: 24, and you have*. these words: 
" Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the 
soul, and health to the bones." What a sweet and 
healthful sermon some of you ministers may preach 
from this beautiful and sweet text ! Yes, Solomon was 
familiar with the pleasant, beautiful and sweet things 
of life, and he could speak from experience, as the 
Palestine honey was especially rich with sweetness. 
This we know by having had the pleasure of eating 
some of it while stopping in Nazareth, Hebron, Jeru- 
salem and other places, during our sojourn through 
this very interesting country. There honey is found in 
the openings and crevices of the rocks tliroughout the 
land. Surely, he had a rich field from which to draw 
his beautiful and expressive sayings. 

As we think of it, how we all appreciate pleasant 
words and those who use them ! And how much the 
society of those who use them, is appreciated and 
sought after! There is no reason why we should not 
have a better and happier world than we have. We 
often speak of having a heaven here on earth. And 
it is possible to have at least a taste of it, as the bring- 
ing about of such conditions depends largely on how we 
treat each other in our associating together. If we 
would all love our neighbcws as ourselves, we would be 
producing the essential elements to a life of this kind, 
and why not ? Were we to live out this rule of conduct 
in all of our dealing and associating with each other, 
it would make us all equally happy and prosperous. 
It is called the Golden Rule, because in practicing it, 
the Christ knew that it would give to all the most pre- 
cious and desirable life that it is possible for men and 
women to enter into and experience. 

The life of Jesus was unique. He went about doing 
good. It was a life of pleasant words, — words that did 
his hearers good. His words were not circumscribed 
by certain forms or laws, when a violation of them 
would help to unburden souls cast down in distress, 
pain and affliction. The healing of the blind man meant 
more to him than freedom from labor on the Sabbath 
Day. The opening of the eyes brought more joy to his 
soul and life than any other act that could have been 
done for him. The great desire of his heart was : 
" Lord, that I may receive my sight." These were 
pleasant words, — sweet to his soul and health to his 
bones. 

Dear reader, we want to unburden the heavy-laden 
soul. The weary need rest and the discouraged and 
saddened ones need glad hearts and sweetened lives. 
Let us all more fully catch the purpose and the spirit 
of the Christ, and try to fill those, with whom we come 
in contact, with joy and gladness, ever remembering 
that it is more blessed to give than to receive. 

_^_^— ^^_ H. B. B. 

Why Does Sjrmpathy Encourage? 

Did you ever try to analyze the mysterious power 
of encouragement in mere sympathy? It does not 
change the outward circumstances in the least, but the 
simple knowledge that others understand and would 
gladly share the burden with you, somehow has a won- 
derful efTect in making the burden seem lighter. See- 
ing how little it costs to sympathize and what wonders 
it may work, we ought to do a great deal of it. But 
we must not mistake mere words for true sympathy. 
The sympathy that encourages must be getiuine. It is 
not necessarily expressed in gifts of money or of any 
material thing. Sometimes this is necessary but not 
always. What is essential is that the interest of the 
sympathizer be unquestionably real. 



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The Test 

The test of a man is the fight that he makes, 

The grit that he daily shows; 
The way that he stands on his feet and takes 

Fate's numerous bumps and blows. 
A coward can smile when there's naught to fear. 

When nothing his progress bars, 
But it takes a man to stand up and cheer 

While some other fellow stars. 
It isn't the victory after all, 
■ But the fight that a brother makes; 
The man who, driven against the wall, 

Stands up erect and takes 
The blows of fate with his head held high, 

Bleeding and bruised and pale. 
Is the man who'll win in the by and by, 

For he isn't afraid to fail. 
It's the bumps you get and jolts you get 

And the .shocks that your courage stands, 
The hours of sorrow and vain regret. 

And the prize that escapes your hands. 
That test your mettle and prove your worth; 

It isn't the blows you deal, 
But the blows ypu take, on the good old earth, 

That show if your stuff is real. — Selected. 



What Has Happened to John Barleycorn? 

BY F. F. HOLSOPPLE 

Nov. 7, 1916, four States, containing a population of 
5,400,166, and an area of 326,112 square miles, out- 
lawed the saloon. These States contain one-twelfth 
of the area of the entire United States, and equal to 
-almost eight times the area of the State of Pennsyl- 

There are 2,543 counties in the United States. 
Through local option or State-wide prohibition 2,047 
of these counties were dry before Nov. 7, 1916. Nov. 
7, 191 counties were added to this list, leaving only 
355 wet counties in the entire nation. The liquor 
forces of the country are welcome to whatever com- 
fort that may bring them. 

Michigan voted dry by 75,000 majority. Grand 
Rapids, with a population of 112,000 in 1910, voted 
dry with 3,000 majority. Detroit, with nearly 1,000,- 
000 inhabitants, voted even. Montana went dry by 
20,000 majority. Every city in the State except Butte 
gave a majority in favor of prohibition. South Dakota 
went dry by 25,000. Not one city in the entire State 
voted wet. Nebraska closed her saloons with 25,000 
majority. Utah elected a Governor and Legislature, 
pledged to the immediate enactment of Statutory Pro- 
hibition, as soon as the Legislature convenes. Florida 
elected a Governor and Legislature committed to the 
same proposition. It is more than a possibility that 
Wyoming will take similar steps as soon as the Legis- 
lature convenes. Two years ago Seattle voted wet by 
15,000 majority, Nov. 7 itr^voted dry by 20,000, when 
an attempt was made to weaken the prohibition law. 
In Oregon, an attempt to vitiate the prohibition law 
was defeated by over 90,000. 

In one single day 114 breweries were voted out of 
business, and 6,528 saloons followed suit. The prog- 
ress by years, of the prohibition cause, is indicated in 
the following table: Maine, 1851 ; Kansas, 1880; North 
Dakota, 1889; Georgia, 1907; Oklahoma, 1907; Mis- 
sissippi, 1908; North Carolina, 1908; Tennessee, 1909; 
West Virginia, J912; Virginia, 1914; Colorado, 1914; 
Oregon, 1914; Washington, 1914; Arizona, 1914; Ala- 
bama, 1915; Arkansas, 1915; Iowa, 1915; Idaho, 1915; 
South Carolina, 1915; Michigan, 1916; Montana, 
1916; Nebraska, 1916; South Dakota, 1916. To these 
should be added Florida, Utah and Wyoming. This 
will leave only ten States more to adopt State-wide 
prohibition before three-fourths, — the number neces- 
sary to ratify the amendment to the Constitution, — of 
all of the States are dry. The situation in these ten 
States is as follows : — Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, Ken- 
tucky, Texas, New Mexico and Delaware are practi- 
cally ready to adopt State-wide prohibition. _ 

In New Hampshire licenses can be granted only 
after an affirmative vote in each town is taken. This 
vote is taken every two years. In 1910, 203 towns 
voted against licenses, twenty-one towns voted for li- 



censes. The majority of the State, against li 
was 7,663. 

In Vermont a similar law prevails. Seventeen of 
the 246 towns have saloons, and seven of the seventeen 
towns have an aggregate of twelve saloons. Dela- 
ware has only 200 saloons in the entire State and State- 
wide prohibition is a near possibility. Two years ago 
California gave a wet majority of 170,000. This year 
that majority was reduced to 45,000. Seventeen of 
the twenty-three counties of Maryland have voted dry, 
and Maryland is approaching the State-wide prohibi- 
tion class. Out of 130 counties in Kentucky, 106 are 
dry, and more than eighty per cent of her population 
live in dry territory. 

In Indiana the dry forces won a notable victoiy. 
Two United States Senators who are wet have been 
retired, and dry men elected in their places. Ten wet 
Congressmen were defeated and ten dry Congressmen 
were elected to replace them. A dry Governor was 
elected by a strong -majority. 

Pennsylvania, — the supposedly impregnable Gibral- 
tar of liquordom, — is feeling the effect of the temper- 
ance agitation. Five years ago 60,000 of her people 
lived in dry territory; today 1,500,000 are in no-license 
counties. In 1911 there were 700 square miles of dry 
territory; today there are 12,300 square miles of dry 
territory. From two counties, in 1911, eleven counties 
are dry in 1916. 

If a resolution to amend the Constitution should pass 
Congress, it seems almost certain that forty-one States 
would ratify such an amendment within two years. 
In 1914, when the Constitutional Amendment Resolu- 
tion was before Congress, only nine States had voted 
dry and in a number of these the laws had not yet gone 
into effect. The measure will be presented to our 
present Congress with the pressure furnished by twen- 
ty-seven States that are practically dry, and ten more 
that are on the verge of taking the step. More people 
have already petitioned Congress for the passage of 
this Resolution than for all other amendments com- 
bined. In 1914 the Congressional Delegation from the 
State of Indiana voted solidly against the Resolution. 
Nov. 7, 1916, this delegation was sent to the scrap heap 
and a delegation of ten members, committed to the 
support of the Resolution, was elected in their places. 

Should this Resolution pass the present session of 
Congress, or the one following, a saloonless nation in 
1920 bids fair to become a reality. 

Bonforfs Wine and Spirit Circular for April 25, 
1916, refers to the approaching Convention of the Na- 
tional Wholesale Liquor Dealers' Association in Louis- 
ville, Kentucky, in May, as follows; " The Convention 
will be representative of a trade that is being hounded 
in every precinct, municipality, county and State, as 
well as the national capital, by an organization as re- 
lentless as fate; an organization possessing' force, great 
numerical strength, unbounded enthusiasm, and un- 
limited resources in money, and in persistent workers, 
— The Anti-Saloon League." 

The "Brewers' Year Book," of 1915, quotes from 
the Unpopular Review. After discussing the remark- 
able rise of prohibition sentiment, the author volun- 
teers the remark: " The head and front of that mnse- 
ment is the Anti-Saloon League." 

Harrishurg, Pa. 



Things I Have Read 

BY J, B. BRUMBAUGH 

The Gospel Messenger contained articles recently 
that I have read with more than usual interest and prof- 
it. The issue of December 30 is full of good things 
from editors and contributors. The editorial " The 
Changing and the Changeless," referred to one of our 
ministers who deplored some of the mistakes of his 
early ministry, and I suppose there are many who feel 
just that way. In fact, I feel that way in reference to 
my early ministry, and tlie later, as well. WIio can 
say that he has made no mistakes? Who, at any time, 
has performed a faultless ministry? The same is true 
in reference to writing. I do not enjoy looking over 
bound volumes of The Pilgrim. That is, so far as my 
own productions are concerned. I am heartily 
ashamed of them, both in regard to matter and gram- 
matical construction. But we had a vision, and who 
says it is not coming to pass? What a change! In 



addition* to the church paper, we have our Sunday- 
scliool and missionary literature, well supported by 
able contributions, and well sustained financially. We 
have great reason to feel encouraged. Let us press on 
with renewed effort I 

Referring to old problems, that of nonconformity to 
the world in dress, manner of life, and sinful customs, 
the editor says they are still with us, and in this he is 
surely right. He suggests the only remedy that can 
be made effectual in bettering conditions. We must 
find better ways of planting the " seeds of simplicity 
and spirituality in the heart, and of growing them un- 
til they blossom in the outward life." This is the work 
of the church, and, first of all, of the home. We can 
not expect this principle to blossom much in the chil- 
dren, when it is not in the hearts of the piirents. 

Huntingdon, Pa. 



Conscience and Superstition 

BY DAVID LINCOLN BAKER 

Conscience and superstition, — what relation can ex- 
ist between them? It is one by no means readily seen. 
Only when we consider each in relation with a third, 
does their intimacy make itself apparent. This third 
factor shall be religion. 

Every known religion sets forth cenain staple rules 
for right living. None but strives at certain ethical 
standards. All hold out certain rewards, present or 
beyond, for faithful conformance to its own particular 
doctrines and precepts. Even a mere passing analysis 
of the fundamental tenets of varied religions will re- 
veal some startling conflicts in ethical ideals. 

Conscience is that peculiar essence which, by com- 
mon consent, is credited with tlie office of approval and 
censure passed upon the actions of self. A violation 
of moral or ethical law is supposed to entail an un- 
pleasant activity on the part of the conscience. This 
activity is called remorse. And, strange to say, when 
we refer to the activities of conscience, it is almost 
always censure we note, — and rarely approval. Are 
we, then, lo conclude that conscience is a threatening 
scourge, — a lurking Nemesis, awaiting some unpro- 
tected sin to pounce upon? 

And when we assume this attitude, and then rake the 
infinite fields of superstition, we are struck by a star- 
tling parallelism. As today the dreaded cellar fiends 
and garret spooks invariably lie in wait for unruly 
youngsters, so, throughout the history of mythology, 
it is the evil ones on whom the scourges of fiends and 
the terrors of the Furies fell. 

Superstition is apparently as inherent in man as con- 
science itself. The most intelligent of us feel its icy 
fingers clutch our throats at certain times, — and those 
times, usually, when our consciences are not easy. We 
perform a misdeed. — tlic natural and legitimate result 
to expect is punishment. The sin or crime may have 
been a secret one ; we knozv it was unwitnessed, — yet 
racial habit is so overruling that we nevertheless ex- 
pect punishment. Intuitively we expect it. In such a 
case our intelligence, or rather our consciousness, 
strives to justify and clothe intuition. There is noth- 
ing to fear from the human. Well, then, if fear con- 
tinues, it must be of the superhuman. 

And at night, when the darkness hides danger, the 
animal in us fears the lurking creatures of the dark 
prehistoric beasts of prey, — but intelligence denies 
their existence. The animal fear triumphs and the 
mind creates a thousand superstitious horrors to justi- 
fy it. An uneasy conscience multiplies them a thou- 
sand-fold, e. g.. Field's juvenile poem, " Seeing Things 
at Night," and Riley's " Little Orphant Annie." 

Can we, then, say that superstitious fear is merely 
a modified fear of retribution, supematurally admin- 
istered because of the absence of human agents? We 
might say the same of conscience. Dare we say that 
conscience and superstition are merely different mani- 
festations of fear of punishment? If so, how can we 
explain that individuals of low intelligence are most 
susceptible to superstition and most callous in con- 
science? Can we define conscience as a source of 
superstition? Here we find ourselves in deep water, 
for conscience is supposed to set the standard for ab- 
solute right. If so, how can we explain the antag- 
onism in religious dogmas, cited in the beginning of 
this discussion? 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 3, 1917 



Conscience only urges, — appro\es or disapproves. — 
according to tlie decisions of the judgment, and it 
seems as thougll it were dependent entirely upon re- 
ligion. But religion, as practiced, seems to be burdened 
by a large amount of superstition, and the super- 
stition seems to exert a stimulus on conscience. 
W'hetlier one is the product of the other, remains un- 
answered. 

Only when we place the proper emphasis upon re- 
ligion, can we grasp the correct viewpoint of this dis- 
cussion. The Christian religion, — or Christianity as 
Christ taught it, — is entirely free from superstition. 
The Christian faith furnishes a basis for work. God 
has given man a part in the working out of his own 
development and the future of the race. It is the spirit 
of life and growth in service which strengthens the 
heart and brain and arm, and assures us that effort is 
worth while. Sorrows may come and apparent fail- 
ures, yet, witli God's Spirit working in the world, 
throijgh Jesus' revelation, into conscious, determining 
life, — all things are working together fbr good, and 
all superstitious fears and doubts and worries must be 
cast out. 

Yes, Qiristiunity establishes such a faith in God 
that we are content, — not only witli what we can under- 
stand, but content with what we do not understand. 
The Father can be trusted for results. For may we do 
evil, and expect that good may come? No, Christian- 
ity as Christ taught it, teaches otherwise. 

But far too many of us, professing the Christian re- 
ligion, are overburdened with superstitious fears, and 
these superstitions have often made us callous in con- 
science, until our Christianity is no longer Christlike. 
We have lost the power to " distinguish the things that 
differ." We can " choke at the gnats " and " swallow 
the camels " of our religious tenets and doctrines. Yes, 
we begin to " quibble over " the minutest matters of 
the Law and we forget the weightier problems. But 
hearken! "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, 
hypocrites! for ye tithe mint and anise and cummin, 
and have left undone the weightier matters of the law, 
justice, mercy, and faith" (Matt. 23: 23). Is our house 
left unto us desolate? Have we lost hold on Christ? 
Are we killing and crucifying some of the wise men 
and prophets, who are sent unto us, just because they 
do not conform to our own ideals on small matters in 
the law? 

Oh, let us grasp the "hem of HIS garment" and 
behold the " Light of the worid "! More potent than 
his Word is his \Vonderful Personality ! The subtle 
influence can only be felt. The hearts of men burn 
within them, as he talks to them on the way! Their 
eyes open as he breaks to them the Bread of Life! 
They can never forget him, as he vanishes from their 
sight! To have come under his spell, is to be his for- 
ever! And to know HIM is to love HIM always! And 
have you not found him, brother? 

Only through a greater participation, in the nature 
of the Divine and the human, will we be able to secure 
and teach a higher and clearer conception of goodness 
and power, w hicli will help to bring about, on the earth, 
HIS kingdom of heaven. Y'es, and then only can we 
feel sure of ourselves. We will feel and know that 
we are at one with God, and that our spiritual insight, 
received through him, can pierce the heart of life. 
Then our self-confidence will never become obtrusive 
self-consciousness. No, our missions will be our lives. 
We will become the true lights of the world and so 
shine as to light men along the straight and narrow 
road which leads to life eternal. Our characters will 
then embody the highest, purest, noblest, and best 
qualities of him who is the revelation of God. The 
realization of such ideals will crown us as true Chris- 
tians. 

Then, surely, we will take no thought of all those 
things after which the Gentiles seek. We will have 
secured the Christlike and the righteous life, and all 
the noblest and the truest things in life will have been 
added unto us. Our consciences will then set our 
standard of absolute right,— based upon the decisions 
of our best judgments, formulated by the inspired 
faith which makes for righteousness, and imbued with 
a feeling of keen responsibility. Then, as individual 
fakt stirs to eternal vigilance, will our Christianity 
grow better and better, and be reflected upon all phases 



of life, until his kingdom will have come. We should, 
therefore, constantly and conscientiously examine our- 
selves as to all the matters of the Law, and thoroughly 
purge ourselves of our sins and shortcomings, by con- 
fessing them before the Throne of Grace. 

Christian contentment is thus assured. Our con- 
science is at ease, and there is no room for super- 
stitious doubts and fears. Let us stiive to secure it. 
Yes,— 



"Let 
The Ju 



and all, be contented with 
here this morning, .and the 



hot; 



Oh, let us fill our hearts up with the glory of the day, 
And banish every doubt and fear and sorrow far away. 
Whatever be our station with I'rovidcnce for Guide, 
Such fine circumstances ought to make us satisfied. 
For the world is full of roses, and the roses full of dew. 
And the dew is full of heavenly love that drips for me 

j)2 Hamilton Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri. 



God's Planting 

BY W. R. DEETER 
"Every plant which my heavenly Falhcr hath not plant- 
ed, shall be rooted up" (Matt. IS: 13). 

The scribes and Pharisees found much fault with 
Jesus because he and his disciples did not adhere strict- 
ly to the traditions of the elders in not washing their 
hands before they ate. This led the Savior to make use 
of the above language. The^ even exalted those tradi- 
tions above the plain commandments of God. He calls 
their attention to this inconsistency. He di^ not want 
to excuse any one for being unclean ; but he objected to 
exalting a tradition of the elders to the plane of a com- 
mand of God. 

The inference is clear that if the Father will root up 
every plant that is not of his planting, he will also vin- 
dicate every plant that he has planted. In the Garden 
of Eden God planted and the devil planted. God said, 
" The day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." 
The serpent said, " Thou shalt not surely die." The 
evil one prevailed on the woman to eat of the forbidden 
fruit and she died and entailed death on her entire pos- 
terity. God vindicated his planting. 

Nadab and Abihu, sons of Aaron, tried to trifle with 
God's planting and paid deariy for it. God gave the 
priests fire that was to be kept burning on the altar of 
incense perpetually; and that alone was to be used in 
their offerings. Nadab and Abihu used strange fire. 
It consumed the offering, but killed the men also. 
This was a planting contrarj- to God's direction and was 
rooted up. Many offerings had been made by Aaron 
and his sons that were recognized of God because they 
were made in harmony with God's directions. 

Uzziah, King of Judah, who had reigned long and 
successfully, attempted to usurp authority that did not 
belong to him. The priests alone were to officiate in 
offering incense. Notwithstanding the remonstrance 
of the priests, he took a censer in his hand to burn in- 
cense. For this usurpation he was stricken with lep- 
rosy. God vindicated his planting and rooted up the 
planting of Uzziah. 

Many instances of the same nature, with the same 
results, could be cited. Under the present dispen- 
sation there is much planting that has not God- for its 
Author. 

Infant baptism is without command or example in 
God's Book, and therefore is not of his planting, and 
will not be recognized by him. A lady once said to 
me, " It can do no harm," but it does do harm. We 
have met with persons who felt concerned about their 
salvation, but as their father and mother had had them 
sprinkled when they were infants, they were not will- 
ing to submit to the rite of baptism. They thought that 
such an act would reflect on- their parents, and so they 
passed out of the world without a Gospel baptism. 
Such work is not of God's planting, and it will be root- 
ed up. 

Then there are others who claim they are on the sure 
road to heaven, though they have never received bap- 
tism in any fomi. On the day of Pentecost, when 
Peter preached his wonderful sermon, men were deep- 
ly impressed,— so much so that they cried out, " Men 
and brethren, what shall we do? " Peter, speaking by 
Ihe Spirit of God, said, " Repent, and be baptized every 



one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remis- 
sion of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy 
Ghost" (Acts 2: 38). 

There are several things to note here: What were 
they to do? " Be baptized." How many of them were 
to do it? " Every one of you." What for? "The re- 
mission of sins." What follows? " Ye shall receive 
the gift of the Holy Ghost." 

Philip preached at Samaria, and they believed that 
he preached Christ unto them. " But when they be- 
lieved Philip preaching the things concerning the King- 
dom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were 
baptized, both men and women " (Acts 8: 5, 12). The 
Eunuch also came into fellowship with God and the 
saints in the same way. The same is true of Lydia and 
Ihe Corinthians. That being God's way, is surely safe. 
I attended the funeral of a man who never made any 
pretensions to be a Christian. He was profane, and 
was reported to be a drinking man, but he was a mem- 
ber of a secret society. The chaplain, in conducting 
the services at the grave, said, " This brother has gone 
from the lodge below to the grand lodge above." 

Several things about this procedure are out of joint: 
To start with, who ever read in God's Book of a grand 
lodge above? If this man went to heaven, he went 
without repentance, baptism, the Holy Spirit, the Com- 
munion or fellowship with God's people. It is not of 
God's planting and will not stand the test, but will be 
rooted up. 

Jesus said, " Except a man be bom of water and of 
the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God " 
(John 3: 5). This is the plain teaching of Jesus, and 
as he said, " Except a man be born of water and of the 
Spirit, he cannot enter into tlie kingdom of God," who 
will say that he can? It is always best to adhere to 
God's planting, for then are we infallibly safe, and 
then only. 
Milford, hid. , 

Organization and Equipment of Elementary 
Sunday-School Work 

BY PEARL DRESHER 
(Bxiriicts from a Paper Rend at the Wichita, Kansas. District 
Conference. Oct. 16, Ifllfl.) 

Do not use the best teachers and the best rooms and 
the best equipment for the adult department and then, 
with the odds and ends left over, attempt to organize 
successfully your children's work. If you have a 
" best," give it to the little folks who are not yet ca- 
pable of even directing their own thoughts, and who are 
forming the ideas which must be the foundation of a 
li f e that determines eternity. 

In the large schools, where the graded lesson system 
can be well worked out, it is customary to have a super- 
intendent over each department. In the average Sun- 
day-school, however, this does not seem practical be- 
cause, as a rule, the enrollment is not large enough and 
the room inadequate. A good plan, for the smaller 
school, seems to be to have one superintendent for the 
whole Elementary Division, and then put in as many 
grades and classes as the pupils and space may require. 

This superintendent should be a combination of many 
things. First of all, she must understand children. 
She must have executive ability, much originality, con- ' 
stant friendliness and gentle firmness. She -must be 
able to meet every little problem which will come up, 
with a smile and a decisive" answer. To be indefinite 
will lead to disrespect in children. 

She must know her work and keep in touch with 
each part of it. She must see that « careful record is 
kept of all work done,— attendance, collections, birth- 
days, new pupils, changes made, and so on. To be able 
to keep her own work up to the standard, she must be 
up to date on improved methods and plans. 

As to grading, it is said that God first graded human 
life by marking it off in certain clearly-defined periods. 
Our grading in Sunday-school is simply a recognition 
of tills fact. The ideal theory of grading is upon the 
educational basis, — the passing of a given examination, 
— but in some places, at least, this is not yet proving 
successful A practical method, in view of things pe- 
culiar to Sunday-school, is upon the age basis. Children 
of the same ages gather togetlier, and arc not easily 
separated in a school which is governed by love rather 
than by authority. Let your classes be small, it pos- 



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sible,- 



specially if more than one class must meet in A well-managed library can be made a very impor- 
one room. Physical nearness is necessary to secure tant asset to an Elementary Sunday-school. Books of 

history, biog-raphy, travel and good stories, placed in 



mental nearness," and this is not possible with 

class. Bo)-s and girls, from eight years old on, must be 

separated and in classes to themselves. 

Care must be taken in the selection of teachers suit- 
able for the different grades. The little three-year-old 
babies of the Beginners' Department, who are for the 
first time out from under their mothers' care, surely 
need a teacher differing from that which the energetic 
wide-awake Juniors would require. And the Junior 
girls must have a teacher differing from that of the 
Junior boys. Usually a man is better for boys of that 
age and a woman for girls, but it must be some one 
with a big, patient, loving heart, who has not forgotten 
the days of girlhood and boyhood. 

When once such a teacher is found, value her 
enough to keep her. Do not take a good teacher away 
from a class to place the duties of another office upon 
her. In general, teachers should remain in charge of 
the same grade. This gives one a chance to grow more 
proficient in some one particular field. 

For the devotional or opening exercises let the chil- 
dren be by themselves, unless entirely impossible, on 
account of not having a separate room. The program 
can tlien be arranged entirely to meet a child's view- 
point and have each part mean something to him. The 
program should be varied, educative and worshipful 



the hands of Juniors, will train them to enjoy the right 
kind of reading. If you have a library of good books, 
see that the children have access to it. To be of serv- 
ice it must be used. 

An occasional short program from the children's de- 
partment is always gladly welcomed by the older 
people and in this way a little of their work may be 
seen. This program may be only a collection of bits 
of their regular work, which they have learned, mem- 
ory verses, lesson stories, and songs, so it need not take 
any extra time for preparation on the teacher's part. 

Parents owe it to their children to assist in their re- 
ligious training, and no teacher need hesitate to ask 
their aid. It is a sad fact that some parents are very 
willing to shift all responsibility for the religious train- 
ing of their children to the church and Sunday-school. 
This makes the efforts of the Sunday-school workers 
doubly necess.nry and doubly difficult. It is a wonder- 



be done 



1 God, th( 
active 01 



support to those who are working, Sunday after as he and the Father were one, "-one with each othe 



that the parents are 
pleased with the work 



ful 

Sunday, with little folks, to k 

standing back .of them and ar 

done. 

There is seemingly no end to the methods, equip 
mcnt, ways and means useful to elementary Sunday 
school work, but after all is said, it comes to this,— 



deemed us. Love produces service, therefore, because 
of love in the heart for him, we follow in his footsteps, 
obeying from the heart all his commands, doing all 
w^ithin our power to bring to pass " Thy wi 
on earth as it is in heaven." 

Life in the heart of man comes only from 
Creator, through Christ Jesus. It bee 
our part only by " faith." Faith produces action. It is 
not action or works tliat produce faith. If you or I 
have not this " Christ-life," this " assurance " within, 
then we may be in possession of " religion," but cer- 
tainly not of " Christianity." 

What about this "life" within, anyway? Is it, in 
fact, a reality, or is it just an imaginary thing or feel- 
ing? Have you never noticed this " life " manifesting 
Itself in the life of the Man Christ Jesus, while here in 
this world? Have you never noticed how he was 
bound to the Father, depending upon him for all that 
he said or did ? How, in rcalily, they were " one,"— 
one in purpose, in thought, in action, in love, in all!. 
And then see how he prayed that " They might be one 



Simp e ch,Id-hke prayers and songs, B.ble stones read make good use of the means you have at hand Use 

and told, money offermgs, birthday and cradle roll good common sense and do the best you can The 

recognitions, and so on, make the hour interesting and greatest power lies in a sincere love for the children 

may, at the same time, promote a feeling of reverence and the Master. 



for the time and place. 

A child is keenly sensitive to physical discomfort, 
and his power of attention and self-control limited, 
therefore he must be made as comfortable as possible, 
if we would assist him in getting the truth from the 
Sunday-school lesson. Partitions shutting away all 
sight and sound should separate this room from othei 



McPherson, Kans. 



What Is Christianity? 

BY A. F. WINE 

Several articles have appeared in the Messenger, as 
to what constitutes Christianity. I have been much im- 
wherever possible. Screens and curtains help the eyes pressed with what has been said, yet it seems to me that 
but not the ears. However, any kind of a partition is the real " kernel " has not been reached. The word 
better than none at all. Space is another physical de- " Christianity " is often misused. It is used in the 
mand,— space for the child to be comfortable, and to place of religion. The word originates from " Christ," 
move about in without interfering with his little neigh- therefore it means Christlike or, better still " Christ- 



bor. " Wiggling " is a child's birthright and we 
arrange accordingly. 

The room should be light, well heated and ventilated 
Pure air and sunshine are cheap and abundant. Im- 
pure air will dull the finest teaching. Small chairs, in 
size suitable tor the different grades, should enable the 



t life." 

We must differentiate between " Christianity " and 
" religion." There are many kinds of religion in the 
world, but only one kind of Christianity. A man may 
be very. religious and yet not be a' Christian,— not in 
possession of the " Christ-life." It is even possible to 



feet to touch the floor. These are necessary for the keep " the Word " literally, and thus be seemingly 



best results. Though involving a little expense, pe 
haps, the effort is really worth while. 

Remember that there are three ways in which we 
may reach tlie childish heart,— through the " ear gate," 
the " eye gate," and the " touch gate," — and different 
equipment is needed for each. For the ear we may use, 
to good advantage, carefully selected stories and songs. 
Stories, however, must be told in the teacher's own 



religious, but still not be a Christian. I believe that 
hundreds, yes, thousands of people have done this, and 
are doing so to this day, but they were and are stran- 
gers to the " Christ-life " within. Some rest their sal- 
vation upon their keeping of the " Word " and upon 
their good deeds. Others depend upon " faith " that 
is only passive, and therefore produces no action, 
neither is " New Testament Christianity " a very good 



ith him and the Fathf 
The fellowship that existed between the Father and 
the Son was so " real," so " pure " and noticeable by 
all, at all times and under all circumstances. It was 
just like that of a man and a wife who love and live 
for each other. How sweet the fellowship that exists 
between them! It is noticeable as they work logcthcr, 
in every look, in every smile, in sorrow as well as in joy. 
And then as the day's work is done, together they retire 
for the night's rest. As they give to each other a good 
night kiss, what joy, what peace of heart and soul! 
What sweet fellowship exists between them ! I need 
not say more. You know how it is. Is that real ? 

Just so it is with the true child of God, only more 
real, more lasting, more satisfying. That is " Chris- 
tianity," that is the " Christ-life " within, which gives 
the blessed assurance that " all is well." Such fellow- 
ship, such assurance, is worth more than all the pleas- 
ures of a life lived in worldly sin, even though it be an 
unusually long one, and the other a veiy short one. 
Are you in possession of this "life," of this "assur- 
ance," of this "sweet fellowship"? If not, then you 
may have a good religion but not that which is neces- 
sary to stand the test when our works shall be tried 
with fire, as Paul says, when speaking of those who 
build upon the foundation,— some with stubble, some 
with straw, wood, etc. We must have the genuine, the 
" gold," the incombustible, to stand the test. 
Aatborff, Denmark. 



words and with the truth to be taught as the legitimate type of religion, 

aim. For the eye, we have an endless amount of illus- There must be a realization that the human race is 

trative materials and, with a little forethought and lost, and separated from God, the Creator, lost be- 

Driginality, a teacher need not want for something with cause of sin in the heart, which no human being, either 

which to illustrate her teaching. Blackboards, sand from within or without, can remove. There must be a 

tables, object talks, missionary curios, and objects from consciousness of this condition, made possible by the 

oriental life are a few suggestions. If the graded les- good, the divine quality, still remaining in man from 

sons are used, the handwork suggested with each les- his holy state at the time of his creation, coming in 

at least partially supplies what is needed for the touch with the Spirit of the " Living Ch 



ry 



touch gate. Aside from this, the use of colored cray- 
ons, paper tearing, cutting out and pasting pictures, 
map work, modeling and note book work may be help- 
ful. 

Have your own particular room or corner as neat 
and tasty as it can be made. By beautiful surround- 
ings we can teach as truly as in any other way. If 
your walls are ugly, use a little fresh paint and paper 
in making them pretty. Put white curtains at the win- 
dows. If convenient, have flowers before your class. 
Hang a few inexpensive but good pictures and see how 



There 

must be a vivid picture of the "wonderful love of 
God," manifested in and through the gift of his Son. 
whose blood was shed upon the cross and whose bodv 
was offered once for all as an atonement for man's sin. 
There must be a vision of the " resurrected Christ," the 
" glorified Christ," the " living Christ," who creates, in 
the heart of man, an assurance of his redemption and 
resurrection from the lost condition to that of a " new 
creature " in Christ Jesus, who now lives and reigns 
within. 

" Christianity," or the " Christ-life," becon 



much it will help you and your little folks. Through a living reality in the hearts of men and 
a sense of the beautiful we can easily touch the spirit- 
ual child nature. Teach tliem that God loves the beau- 
tiful, and that he has filled the world full of it, for us 
to enjoy, and so lead them on to a feeling of love and 
reverence. 



It 



gives an assurance of " life eternal " beyond the grave, 
an assurance that " all is well," whether we live or die. 
All this is made possible only by " faith," which 
brings a consciousness of this fact to the mind. This, 
in turn, creates a love in the heart for him who has re- 



The Ohio Dry Convention 

BY LEVI MINNICH 
Jan. 16 to 18 Ihcrc was held, ni the chy of Columbu: 
the most largely attended and the most enthusiastic teni 
perance meeting, ever held in Ohio. All of the dry or 
ganizations, including the Women's Christian Temperanc 
Union, hu.siness men, professional men, farmers, mechan 
ics, manufacturers, grangers, church people, hoth Catholii 
and Protestant, Sunday-school forces and newspaper men 
were present in conspicuous numbers, re[)resei 
nook and corner of the State. 

The opening session was held on Tuesday cveninif, 
when Chase S. Osborne, Ex-Governor of Michigan, and J. 
C. W. Beckham, United States Senator, from Kentucky, 
gave addresses. The latter stated that Kentucky was 
nearly dry and that they would keep a close watch on 
Ohio. 

On Wednesday morning the report of J. A. While, 
superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League of Ohio, was 
given. He stated that the failure of the Drys, in the last 
campaign, was, in a measure, due to a lack of sufficient 
funds and a thorough organization. He made an appeal 
for a fund of $35,000, to carry on the 1917 campaign, and 
urged that a thorough organization be formed in every 
county, township, city, village and precinct. 

Mrs. Florence D. Richards, president of the Ohio 
Women's Temperance Union, spoke of the forty-four 
years of activity of their organization in the prohibition 
fight. She felt assured that their continued efforts would 
soon be crowned with success, as would their later battle 
for the ballot. Daniel A. Poling, president of the United 
Society of Christian Endeavor, asserted that the church 
forces throughout the State were, in a manner, to insure 
victory at the polls. 

A. T. Arnold, secretary of the Ohio State Sunday-school 

Association, referred to the splendid work of Frances 

Willard and B. F. Jacobs, in 1890. in causing the Inter- 

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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 3, 1917 



THE ROUND TABLE 



What Is It to Forgive? 

BY IDA M. HELM 

In connection with a Sunday-school lesson I 
read the following striking illustration on forgi 
It struck me forcibly, so I give it to the Messenger 
readers. 

A young girl was once giving concerts in Germany. 
To add to her renown, she advertised herself ns a pu- 
pil of the great master Liszt. One evening, soon after 
she arrived at a small provincial town, she learned that 
the celebrated man had put up at the same hotel at 
which she was staying. She was in despair, for she 
knew that she could not possibly escape being detected. 
She did the best thing she knew of, — she went to the 
great man and humbly confessed her wrong and im- 
plored his forgiveness. He talked with her a while, 
and learned that she was an orphan struggling with 
poverty. He then asked her to play for him. She im- 
mediately went to the instrument and began playing. 
He stood near and directed, and gave instruction. 
When she had finished, he said, " Now I have given 
you a lesson ; you are a pupil of Liszt. Add another 
song to your program, and announce that your mnslcr 
is going to assist you." 

Such forgiveness, freely given, brought (ears of 
[lenitence and joy to the girl. Such is the forgiveness 
of our Heavenly Father to every penitent believer that 
comes to him for forgiveness. He enjoins upon us the 
command to forgive others as he forgives us. " For- 
give us our debts as we forgive our debtors." 

Ashlaud. Ohio. R. D. 2. 



Prayer 

BY MARGARET DUDTE 

Prayer is the conduit pipe between the soul and 
heaven. It is the outlet upwards for thankfulness, ns 
the soul rejoices in its blessings. It is the inlet through 
which the supplies of grace pour downward into the 
heart. 

The Christian heart can not keep alive without 
prayer, any more than a monthly rose can keep alive 
without water. The heart must have daily salting with 
divine grace. 

God has promised to be a Living Well, through 
which the deepest and most urgent wants are satisfied. 
How he loves to have us recruit our spiritual strength 
at this well by meditation and prayer! How we should 
rejoice that we have a Savior that will never turn away, 
that will never let us thirst ! 

"If pains afflict or wrongs oppress, 
If cares distract or fears dismay, 
If guilt deject, if such distress. 
The remedy's before thee, — pray." 

God promises to be the Rewarder of those that dili- 
gently seek him. He also says that the prayer of the 
righteous availeth miJch. 

If we just glance over providential histor)' we will 
see that his promises have been verified. 

For examples we have Martin Luther, Hezekiah, 
Peter, etc. Martin Luther sought God three hours 
daily, when in his conflict with sinful men. He won a 
great victory. Hezekiah prayed on his bed of anguish 
and God spared his life. Peter and much people 
prayed to God, and God heard and sent his Angel and 
delivered Peter from prison. Many prayers are ut- 
tered by Christians, — sincere Christians too, — with the 
belief that they will not be answered. Why? Because 
they have done little toward answering their own 
prayers. They are somewhat like the man who was 
praying God to supply the heathen. A\'hen he was 
through praying, his son said to him. " Papa, I w^ish I 
had your comcrib." 

" W' hy, my son ? " queried the father. 

" Why then I would answer that prayer." 

So many prayers are of the shotgun kind {that is 
they are too scattered). Too many requests are mere- 
ly spoken. I believe if fewer things were asked for, 
there would be more prayers answered. One person 
has said, " Desire only a few things and let that desire 
form the words. Be not conscious of your words but 
let the language of the soul form the words." 



The hardest test of our faith is having received. Did 
not Christ give thanks that he had received when he 
was praying? God did not fail him. Neither will he 
fail us. Our faith is born of light, and assumption 
proves one of the greatest factors in faith. People 
often think that their prayers are never answered 
when, in fact, they are; only in a different way from 
what they expect. God always gives us what is best 
for us. Then, why should we not say, " Thy will he 
done " ? 

We can not pray in the spirit in which Jesus would 
have us pray, if we have enmity and un forgiveness in 
our hearts. We must get in harmony with our en- 
vironment. We must get the sand, grit and dirt out of 
the hinges of the door of heaven if we want it opened 
unto us. We must oil it with the oil of love. We must 
keep our thoughts and our faith holy, for they are the 
mental wires over which God delivers the goods. In 
conclusion let me quote : 

"Prayer is appointed to convey 

The blessings God designs to give. 
Long as they live, should Christians pray, 
For only while they pray they live." 

Ill East Sixteenth Street, Wichita, Kansas. 



The Challenge of the West 

BY PEARL HIXSON 

One evening I was looking over the Messenger, in 
tlie presence of two young sisters who never knew 
much about the Brethren except as they met the few 
members in tliis isolated region. Their first glimpse at 
the inside of one of our churches was at Mt. Hope, 
less than two years ago, though they had attended re- 
ligious services in halls and schoolhouses many times. 

I read the sketch, " Facts about Twenty-seven 
Counties." It seemed to distress these sisters, since 
they realize the need of more workers in this part of 
the West. When I had finished, they remarked, " Well, 
why don't some of those ministers come here to help?" 

I could not answer them. I could only think of the 
many who, though chosen to special work for the Mas- 
ter, seem to be most diligent in attaining to the ac- 
cumulation of tliis world's goods, neglecting the " seek 
ye first." 

Too many crave comfortable homes, or the fellow- 
ship of old-time associates, rather than the blessings 
that follow earnest effort for the saving of souls on 
the frontier. They forget that Christ, when seeking 
the lost, " had nowhere to lay his head." They fail to 
remember that the servant is not greater than his Lord. 

How I wish that I might reach every unconcerned 
heart in our Brotherhood, that God would make the 
needs of the West a pressing burden upon their hearts ! 
The opportunity is fast passing here, as in other places. 
Every few days there is a funeral of some one, in 
whose life God was not known. Who will answer the 
challenge of the West? 

Chewelah, Wash. 



Why Not? 

BY MARY POLK ELLENBERGER 

On the last Sunday of tlie year, it being the fifth 
Sunday of the month also, there were no preaching 
services. We therefore devoted the entire time to a 
thorough review of the year's lessons. To assist us in 
this, we had the splendid map of the Roman Empire, 
with Paul's journeys outlined upon it, which we ob- 
tained from our Publishing House at tlie beginning of 
the year. It has proved to be invaluable to us in our 
Sunday-school work. We also had a chart of the 
" General View of the Acts " drawn on a large black- 
board for reference. Time passed quickly; we were 
all so deeply interested in the lessons we have enjoyed 
so much, and from which we turn so reluctantly. 

We were gratified, indeed, with the progress of the 
school during the year, as was evidenced by the prompt, 
intelligent answers and the intense interest during this 
review. And while lingering over those lessons, so full 
of love, missionary zeal and noble sacrifice for the 
cause of Christ and the growth of his church, the sad 
thought came to us, " What are we doing? " 

The subject was sprung, never to be lost sight of, 
again, I hope, — that from our District of Northern 
Missouri no missionary has been sent, and none is sup- 



ported by us. Then we fell to calculating a bit, and 
found tliat it would cost us less than forty cents per 
member in the District to support a foreign missionary, 
and we knew of two volunteers in tlie District. 

One zealous young sister said. " Why, North Bethel 
should support one herself." Then from a brother, 
" Is it possible that we can't get up forty cents' worth 
of missionary zeal apiece in this District? " 

" How do you go about getting it started? " 

" Get it before the District and push it through," 
was the prompt response, and the words rang in our 
ears like a silver bell. The keynote was struck when it 
was said, " PUSH is what we need ; we do not want 
sedatives ; we must have stimulants of the right sort." 

Our people have the love and zeal hidden in their 
hearts some place and the money, — God's and theirs, 
— is in their pockets. What their minds and hearts 
do need is the touchstone applied, to test the quality 
of that love and zeal, and then leaders to fire them in- 
to action. The reserve force is there; we are sure of 
that. Let us tap it and put it into circulation as a 
power for good. 

Afterwards, at home, our minds " staid by " the 
subject and other calculations ensued, — such as a list 
of men and women in the District who were amply 
able to give ten dollars instead of forty cents; another 
list of those who could, without serious inconvenience, 
give five, etc. Then a list of capable young men and 
one of young women in the District was made up, who, 
with proper training and encouragement, would make 
fine missionaries, and we soon found that we had a 
proposition big enough, fine enough and plausible 
enough to offer to any District ; and the question reiter- 
ates itself in our mind, Why not? 

And so, while the snow fell thickly outside, we closed 
our year's work in the little white church on the wind- 
swept prairie with this resolution, which we feel sui'e 
was brought about by the Holy Spirit, breathed forth 
Sunday after Sunday in those wonderful lessons : 
" That we will pray and work to this end, that a mis- 
sionary be sent forth from our beloved but too passive 
District, with our prayers, encouragement and sup- 
port." 

May we not have the cooperation of the whole Dis- 
trict in this? And may God add his blessings! 

Mound City, Mo. 



" Blest Be the Tie that Binds '' 

BY MARY L. COOK 

We may sing. the dear old hymns over and over, yet 
never get into the real spirit of their meaning, because 
we do not understand the circumstances which prompt- 
ed the writing. John Fawcett wrote the above, not 
for pastime, nor to make money, but out of the fullness 
of his heart, when plans were completed for the re- 
moval of his family from the beloved environments of 
the old home church, to a new pastorate among stran- 
gers. As farewells were about to be given, the real 
strength of the tie binding their hearts together, was 
realized as never before. 

Joys and sorrows, hopes and fears, comforts and 
cares, had been shared, which strengthened friendship 
as nothing else could. The sympathetic pastor had 
stood at the bedside of dying parishioners, had spoken 
words of comfort to the bereaved ones, and conducted 
the funeral service in love and sympathy. He had 
joined in marriage many of his flock, rejoicing with 
them in every joy of the home, and weeping with 
them when adverse circumstances came. Do we won- 
der that it was hard to leave that circle? 

Picture yourself surrounded by dear friends on 
every hand, — good neighbors, and beloved fellow- 
laborers in the Lord. How sweet the association! 
When circumstances make it necessary' to change loca- 
tions, you bid farewell to loved ones, and as " Blest 
be the tie that binds," is sung, you realize, as never 
before, what John Fawcett experienced, and the words 
of the dear old hymn grow sweeter. 

You then take up your work in new fields singing, 

"I am a stranger here, within a foreign land; 
My home is far away, upon a golden strand," 

with longing for the heavenly home as never before, — 
all the time laying the foundation for the experience 
of " Blest be the tie that binds," in the new home. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 3, 1917 



May we ever speed the parting ones w 
of remembrance at a throne of grace, and welcome the 
newcomer in a way to warm the heart! 

406 Norih Washington Street, Lima, Ohio. 



Women Write Best Letters 

BY MRS. GRACE R. SELL 

I FELT compHmented, a few days ago, when I heard 
a gentleman, — who is employed in an ofhce where a 
great amount of correspondence is handled every day, 
— remark, that women write the best letters. The art 
of letter-writing, he said, is considered by the French 
an essentially feminine gift, — probably because for 
years it was the only means of literary expression open 
to women. But the real secret of women's ability, to 
write good letters, is, that they are not ashamed to 
record trifles. 

Men feel, after they have described the weather and 
the state of their reflections, that they have done their 
duty. A woman will tell what another woman wore, 
what her best friend said, who is rumored as being en- 
gaged, and to whom, what two best enemies are not 
speaking, and add, maybe, the breakfast menu. In let- 
ters, women give a little of real life and their corre- 
spondence is really written conversation. 

Letter-writing is a delicate and difficult art, for, 
aside from its charming features, more harm has been 
done by the written word than by all the foolish con- 
verse in the world. 

Unkind remarks written are hard to erase from the 
heart. A foolish protestation of affection is a shame 
and grief forever to the writer. Every indiscreet writ- 
ten confidence is a curse that will come home to roost, 
w'ith the inevitability of the barnyard fowl. 

Letter-writing should be an art, — the art of trifles. 
It should be the art of being interesting, but not com- 
promising. Writing should not be carried on to a bur- 
densome extent, but if we all were to write more let- 
ters, — letters containing hope, and cheer, and messages 
of love to our friends and Christian brethren and sis- 
ters, — the resultant good would tell in eternity. 

HoUidaysburg, Pa. 



SISTERS' AID SOCIETIES 



, qullteil sixteen quilts, knotted t 



We held thirty-eight meetings, with an 
thirteen. We made 135 b_ - - - 

(jHHted five comforts, twenty-seven prayer-veils, fourteen ( 
pin bags, nine broom-covers, eighteen dust-caps, n 
fourteen fancy bags. Dues collected, $14.50; 



9107.15. Amount received during j 

?137.40; balance on hand, $13.50. Donations received, three boxes 

of clothing. Pipe Creek, Md., Bdgewood, Md., and from Beaver- 



dam, Md. We J 



pieces of clothing. 



elected for 1917; President, Sister Susie Shrlner; 
Vice-President, Sister Grace Itnlrlgh; Secretary, the writer; As- 
sistant Secretary, Sister ^fa^TI^ Baker; Treasurer, Sister Kate 
Harp; Superintendent of Sewing, Sister Martha Hull.— Flora 
Babylon, 1206 West Thirty-sixth Street, Baltimore, Md., Jan. 15. 
BATJDOX, OREGON.— Jan. i the Sisters' Aid Society met and 
reorganized with the following ofBeera: Sister Chelsea Barnett. 
President; Sister McGraw, Vice-President; Sister A. C. Hoover. 
Secretary and Treasurer. During the year 1916 we held forty- 
five half-day meetings, with an average attendance of eight. 
Free will offering, $10.66; received for work. $34.00; outside do- 
nation to Aid, $4.35. Our Society donated $4.10 to the needy. Ex- 
penses, $30.43, We made eight t " " ' 



BEAR CKEEK, OHIO.— The following Is the yearly report of 
our Sisters' Aid Society during the year from Dec. 1, 1015, to 
Dec. 1, 1916: We held twenty-four regular meetings, of which 
five were all-day meetings. We had an enrollment of twenty- 
two members. The average attendance was ten. Wo cut and 



pieced comfort-blocks. The Society donated $10 to a brother 
whose house was destroyed by Are; $2.00 to our evangelist; $20 
to Bethany Bible School Building Fund; $162.75 to the palntiug 
of interior walls of our church; one suit of clothes; one lady's 
dress, two children's dresses, two gingham aprons and one Bible. 
The Society bought ; " ' - --- - 



lount in treasury, $23.83. We reorganized : 



Sisters' -Aid Society: We held nineteen meetings, with an average 
attendance of six. We made and sold ten sun-bonnets, six 
forters, five dust-caps, quilted three quilts, four dust-mopi 







ters' Aid Society for 1016: Enrollment twcntv-on 




meetings held, eighteen; total attemlnnce ISS' !U 


er-ige 


ance. ten. Work done at various meetings cnn^ihtp 


V"'nn' 


making bonnets and prnyor-coverlngs, piecing p:ilv 






Kfembershlp fees and donations amounted to ?:2(jr)0 


"\iLin 


oelved for bonnets sold. $4.80; for praver-fjoverlup 


SOllI 






sold, $41.10: total receipts for the year. ?100,S0. .\n 




materials. L— supplies and other expenses ?w; 




two boxes of bedtllng, clothing and fruit,— o me 












clothing and material to a sister, $6; material for 




other sister, $2. We sent to Bro. Frank Panasel, Itr 


ooklyu 



ish on hand. $26.S5. Dec. 27. officers i 
ister Sarah Sell. President; Sister Biirbji 
It; Sister Miiry Poller. Assistiint Rupoi 



^ elected t 



1 folioi 



Italian 



We 



ulsvll 



Benton, Superlntead. 
endent; Sister Sarah 
Assistant Secretary; 
Benton, R. D. 1, Hollidays- 

V.' T.iiHte llin'c Inimlrod and 
(v-, .luiltod nine (juilfs. and 

s (.r dlfferotit kinds. In the 
on hand ; received for artf- 
due-f piii.l In, $42.00: total. 



' Ruth Aurnnd, 



Ohio, 



Aid Sni 



■-foir 



times during 1016, tor all 

$01.30; amount expended, $72.07, leaving a balance of $10..S2 stiil 
in treasury. We made 243 garntents, eleven comforters, two 
quilts, mended a number, made prayer-coverings; also pieced 
a number of comfort-tops. We sent a Christmas offering of 105 
pieces to Santa Fe Ml.«plon, Los Angeles, accomimnled by casli for 
■' ' ~ Helm in his work In Georgia, 



, the 



I the Italiai 



k^the Mary Qii 



' School in China, Rescue 






Covlnn, Cnl., Jan. 



! is the report of r 



offerings received for v 
for custom work. $3.10; total, $S( 
year, $28.07; India Orphan. $2( 
support to a crippled yonng r 

$.■^.10: Logansport church. $5.2;>; 
$5; total, $03.42; balance In treai 
for 1015, 43 dozen cookies sent 



^ Visiting Comi 



celved at regular 
two qullfs, $3,13; total received, $41.28. Spent for 
sent to Bro. 0. F. Helm, Thomasville. Ga., $;t: 
, $9.81. - 

Lvriter, Secretary ; 



s. A box of garments 

at to McxlC( 

some pillow 

t $10 to the Annual Meeting t 

lent to the General Mission T 



Colpetzger, Superintendent of the work; Sister LlzKie Ulrey, As- 
sistant; Sister Laura Miller, Secretary and Treasurer; the writer. 
Assistant.— Corn Keister Leckrone, Secretary, Sidney, Ind., Jan. 



■ of twelve. We made 



Mission in Georgia, and paid $20 to support an orphan in Indi 



tendance of eight. 



pounds grocorlca, 
one barrel sent to 

I articles of cloth- 



Wp held live 
; and knotted 



ided 






?7.50; donations, $4.50 
Tlie collections amo 

I at the cid"^ Folks' Ho 



We spent 

also donated 
to the same 
■ gave $5 to 



Aid Society for 



second-hand clothing, valued at $30 $3.25 for quiltini 



The ofncers f 



: done, and offerin 
aviiig a balan 
I follows: Prci. 



; Vice-President, Sister Marie Brubakei 



Baseliore; Treasurer, Sister 1 
abethtown. Pa., Jan. 10. 

F08TOBIA, OHIO.— The following Is a repoi 
Aid Society for 1016: We held thirty-four all-day 



eight comforts, made one hundred am! 
dust-caps, eight rugS. We donated 
donated the quilting of one quilt, ai 



ir, and sent $5 to Bro. Holtn 



[■ Sadie Qruenling 



traulned our society for the 
Itelchard, President; Sister 
ITS Katie Miller and Portia 

liT, Secretary: Sister Alice 
't, Frilrr.liiy. Md., Jan. 15. 
i:-- i< ;r H|Kirt of OUT Slsters' 

i Mll^hiy meetings, with 

■:<ii'' :iih.M,liince of six. We 
U' ;iinl -ioM flghtcon quilts, 

for cliurcli repairs, $2.20 f<.r 



PRAYER MEETING 



Lydla Dickey, 



Sister Belle Crawford, 



; Sister Klla Sellers, Secretary and Treas- 



Ohio, Jan. 20. 



;tant. — Flln Sellers, Fostorla. 



Steadfastness of Faith 

Eph. 3: 14-21 
For Week Beginning February 11, 1917 
1. Importance of a Well-Grounded Faith. — It is highly 
essential that our faith be guided by the influence of the 
Holy Spirit. Only thus may wc be saved from erroneous 
and unwarranted views. Some men, in the pride of their 
intellect, are led to adopt wild views of the truth and 
wholly unjustified interpretations of Scripture. Thus the 
soul's peace, and the sweetness of a sacred Christian ex- 



oftei 






and 



eked. 



Viola Myers; Secretary. Sister Mary Miller; Assistant Sci 
■y, Sister Eleanor J. Brumbaugh; Treasurer. Sister Mahi 
rs.— Retiring President. Mrs. O. R. Myers. Itetirlng Secretar: 



iclety of the D Street churt 



$50.50. Durlni 



, $1.50 for (lowers for the sick, and $3 for 

also $25 on piano for the church. We prc- 

1 family with a rug for a Christmas pres- 

E.vpenses for the year were $120.31; money paid to Society, 



$254.00; leaving a I 



pieces of clothing, 



; comforter- Wo ( 



i follows: We I 



sident. Sister Longstreth; Vice-President, Sister 



: Aid Society for 1010 



City Mission, $5 to Italian Mission, $5 1. __. ._ . 

Mary Qulnter Hospital. Cash carried over from last year, $16.80; 

donations. $11.62; cost of material. $10.04: leaving a balance ot 

$5.06. Officers are as fallow's: Sister John Rowland, President; pairs of plUow-c 

the writer. Secretary and Treasurer, — Elizabeth Rowland, Mau- 

BBnsville, Md,, Jan. 14. 



meetings, with an . 



and pieced quilt-patches 



There have been some, all through Christian history, who 
have made a hobby of some special Scriptural idea, while 
losing the breadth and scope of a balanced faith, and, at 
the same time, the open-minded charity that enables us to 
love men who differ from' us (1 Cor. 15: 58; 2 Thess. 3: 3; 
Heb. 10; 23; 13: 9; James 1; 23-25; Eph. 2; 1, 5, 6. 10, 13. 
19,20,21,22; 5:8; Philpp. 2: 15). 

2. A Consistent Life as an Aid to a Steadfast Faith.— Our 
best views and doctrines are those that have issued from 
a consistent Christian life. If right habits have helped 
us in forming a good Christian character, it is no hard 
matter to have a steadfast faith,— one that inspires to the 
noblest impulses of the soul. If we have lived in com- 
munion with God, we need never waver in our faith to- 
wards God at any time (1 Tim. 4: 10; 2 Tim. 1: 12; 2 Cor. 
5: 17, 21; Gal. 5: 22-26; Eph. 4: 13-16). 

3. Scripture Evidences in Attestation of the Value of a 
Steadfast Faith.— The faithful student of the Holy Oracles 
will be almost overwhelmed by the multiplicity and 
pertinency of the many instances given therein, abundant- 
ly illustrating the great value of a never-failing faith. Our 
own experiences abundantly verify them, and, in turn, our 
own experiences will be guided by the Holy Oracles (Psa. 
91: 1, 2, 9, 10; 121: 2; 138: 7, 8; Rom. 8: 18. 28, 38, 39; 
2 Cor. 4: 8, 9, 13, 16, 17, 18; 2 Tim. 2: 1M3). 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 3, 1917 



AMONG THE CHURCHES 



Calendar for Sunday, Feb. 4 

Sunday-school Lesson, Jesus the Savior of the World.— 
John 3: '1-21. 

Christian Wt.rkors' Meeting, Sin, How It Hinders Mc 
jnd How I May Be Free from It. 

Gains for the Kingdom 

One was baptized Jan. 21, and three await the rite, in 
the Ottiimwa church, Iowa. 

One was baptized at Alpena Pass, Ark.,— Bro. J, H. 
Argabright, of Fairvicw, Mo., evangelist. 

Three were baptized at Saginaw, Mich.,— Bro. D. E. 
Sower, of Scottville. same State, evangelist. 

Nine were baptized at Kingslcy, Iowa, Jan, 14, as a re- 
sult of the "White Gifts" Christmas service. 

Two confessed Christ Jan. 20, in the Burks Fork church, 
Va., and will be baptized in the near future. 

Five were baptized at Beahms Chapel, Va.,— Bro. W. H. 
Bradley, of Kearneysville, W. Va., evangelist. 

One accepted Christ in the Liberty church, 111, as a 
result of the "White Gifts" Christmas service. 

Three were baptized in the Majestic Flat church, Wash., 
—Bro. J. H. Graybill, of Nampa, Idaho, evangelist. 

Three were baptized and one was reclaimed in the Sli- 
fcr church, Iowa, Bro. Kernie Eikenbcrry, of Mexico, Ind., 
evangelist. 

Eighteen accepted Christ during the Bible Term at 
Daleville College,— Bro. J. M. Henry being in charge of 
the services. 

Two confessed Christ and one was reclaimed in the 
Yellow River church, Ind.,— Bro. Joseph Sala, of Bremen, 
Ind., evangelist. 

Ten were baptized in the Garden City church, Kans.,— 
Brother and Sister Oliver H. Austin, of McPherson, 
Kans., evangelists. 

Six were baptized and nine await the rite in the Back 
Creek congregation. Pa.,— Bro. D. K. Clapper, of Meyers- 
dale, Pa., evangelist 

Meetings in Progress 

Bro. W. L. Hatcher, of Rossvillc, Ind., in the Logans- 
port church, same State. 

Bro. D. K. Clapper, of Meycrsdalc, Pa,, in the Rouser- 
ville church, same State. 

Bro. T. Edwin Jarboc, of Lincoln, Nebr., at Polo, III. 



Bro. B. D. Hirt, of Bruce Lake, Ind.. enters upon pas- 
toral duties in the Portland church, same State, by Feb. 
4, and should be addressed accordingly. 

Under date of Jan. 24, Bro. W. O. Bcckner writes us of 
the splendid attendance and interest at the McPherson 
College Bible Institute, then in progress. Included in 
the week's program was the dedication of the new ladies' 
dormitory on the evening of the 25th, at which Bro. S. Z. 
Sharp, the founder of the college, was to be the principal 

We regret to learn tliat Bro. A, P. Blough, pastor and 
elder of the South Waterloo church, Iowa, was stricken 
by partial paralysis of the face Dec. 23,— largely in con- 
sequence of the heavy load he has been carrying. For the 
time being, he has been obliged to lay aside all his public 
work, and take a much needed rest. Our correspondent 
informs us that, in response to the many prayers offered 
in his behalf, Bro. Blough is already showing marked im- 
provement, and hopes are entertained that ere long he 
may be restored to his former health. We are sure that 
the prayers of the entire Messenger family will be offered 
in his behalf. 

Under date of Jan. 25 Sister Eliza B. Miller writes 
from Vancouver, B. C, on board the " Empress of Rus- 
sia," to express her appreciation of the letters, postals 
and telegrams which greeted her on going aboard. She 
has found congenial companionship with other mission- 
aries going to India. Here is the last paragraph of her 
letter: "After twenty or twenty-five days you will hear 
from me in Japan. And now I go forward, believing that 
.he who has sent me to the field and who has so marvelous- 
ly cared for me in all the journeys hitherto made, will 
keep me on this one. ' I will trust and not be afraid, for 
the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song.' Good- 
bye and God bless you every one." 



Sev 



1 hav. 



already . 



: forward. 



Bro. Landa U. Krieder, of South Whitley. Ind., in the 
Eel River congregation, same State. 

Bro. Moyne Landis, of Sidney, Ind., in the Kcwanna 
cliurcli, same State, Seven confessions so far reported. 



Contemplated Meetings 

Bro. Silas Hoover, of Somerset, Pa., to begin Feb. 4 in 
the West Brownsville church, Md. 

Bro. Rufus P. Bucher, of QuarryviHc, Pa., to begin Feb. 
18 in the Lancaster church, same State. 

Bro. C. D. Bonsack, of New Windsor, Md., to begin 
Jan. 28 in the Johnstown congregation. Pa. 

Bro. Frank Carper, of Palmyra, Pa., to begin Feb. 10 at 
the Annville house, Annville church, same State. 



Personal Mention 

Bro. J. W. Grater changes his address from 619 Gushing 

Street, South Bend, to 606 West Walnut street, Nappanec, 



nng 1 



: thi; 



eeks. 



'ifc, of Decatur, Ind., are so- 
time, exp(;cting to remain for 



Elsewhere in This Issue 

As will be noted by Bro. J, Homer Bright 
cation, on page 75, the work at Liao, China, is moving on 
energetically. A late series of revival services resulted in 
twenty accessions and the marked strengthening of the 
membership. 

On page 75 Bro. Edgar M. Hoflfer gives a list of the 
ministers who passed to their reward during 1916. Fifty- 
eight standard-bearers of the cross have, according to his 
record, ceased their efforts here on earth, however much 
they were appreciated in their respective fields of labor. 
We trust that their work will be continued by consecrated 
recruits in the Lord's army of faithful ambassadors. 



Bro. J. E. Keller, of Bethany Bible School, was a Pub- 
lishing House visitor last week and gave the Messenger 
office a very short call. 

Bro. J. Harman Stover, of Fresno, Cal., we are glad to 
learn, has so far recovered from his recent illness that 
he has resumed his pastoral duties. 

Recently Bro. F. H. Crumpacker has been busily en- 
gaged in carrying strong missionary messages to our col- 
lege Bible Institutes at Elizabethtown, Blue Ridge, Dale- 
ville, McPherson and, this week, Lordsburg. 

In accordance with plans made before the recent death 
of his companion, Bro. B. E. Kesler changes his address 
from Puxico to Poplar Bluff. Mo. Bro. Kesler expects 
to continue in mission work in Southeastern Missouri. 

Bro. J. Wager and family, residing at Porter, Minn., 
isolated from the church, greatly desire that some of the 
brethren should come their way. As no regular religious 
services are held at that place, they believe there is a good 
opening for our people. 

Bro. D. L. Miller has not found time dragging heavily 
on his hands since going to California. He has been 
preaching and giving Bible Land talks at various places. 
This week he is giving a series of addresses at the Lords- 
burg College Bible Institute. 

After preaching one week at the Daleville Bible Insti- 
tute, in which time there had been eleven confessions, 
Bro, H. C. Early was called back to his home congrega- 
tion to conduct a funeral service. The meetings were con- 
tinued by Bro. J, M. Henry, of the college faculty. 



Miscellaneous 

You cannot always get what you like. Then like what 
you get. 

When a religious experience is only a reminiscence it is 

This would be a nice world to live in if we would adopt 
the advice we give to other people. 

Some folks' conscience is that mentor which speaks out 
when other people are doing wrong. 

If our good intentions could be used for paving ma- 
terial, what splendid roads this world would have! 

Bro. C. H. Slifer, of Arcadia, Fla., informs us that the 
five accessions by baptism, recently credited to that 
church in these columns, should have been listed as " five 
accessions by letter." 

The series of meetings that had been announced for the 
Sterling church, 111., during February, has been recalled on 
account of the union revival to be held at that place dur- 
ing the same month. 

One of our exchanges very truthfully says: "Men play 
at religion and work at selfishness." That may be appli- 
cable to the carnally-minded, would-be Christian. It is 
not true of the consecrated disciple who is wholly ruled by 
grace. 

Brethren Quincy Holsopple and- John L Kaylor, our 
missionaries in India, have been under the hand of afflic- 
tion, but we are glad to note that at latest reports they are 
rapidly recovering. The climate of India, at best, is try- 
ing even to the strongest constitutions. 

Any congregation that has a supply of Brethren Hym- 
nals which are not in use, will please communicate with 
Bro. G. W. Petcher, Citronelle, Ala., who desires to secure 
a number of these books for the Stonewall mission, a 
needy point, eighty-six miles from his place of residence. 
Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday-school, with an attendance of 
191, reports an annual offering of $941.69. That is a tine 
showing for the workers in that city. We learn, further- 
more, that the school above named, as well as the one in 
the country, give $6.50 per Sunday, each, to the support 
of a home mission worker and a Bethany scholarship. 
The average offering of each school, we understand, ex- 
ceeds $12 per Sunday. That is good training in liberal 
giving. 

Confession of sin, by members who desire to enter up- 
on the love feast services with, as clean a record as pos- 
sible, is a practice quite often engaged in by our native 
Christians in India. Some of our members in the home- 
land might also, at times, to the spiritual gain of their 
own souls and to the uplift of the church, make voluntary 
confession of sin, ere approaching the table of the Lord. 
It would certainly be productive of greater purity and 
real power. 



The members of the White Pine church, W. Va., have 
purchased the Bethel house, formerly owned by the M. E. 
church. They hope to hold a scries of meetings in the 
newly-acquired church sometime next spring. 

From various sources there have come to us echoes of 
the high character of the instruction given in the Bible 
Institutes at our schools and colleges, during the season 
just now closing. We wonder if our people everywhere 
have made tlic most of these splendid opportunities for 
fresh inspiration and better equipment for service in the 
Kingdom. 

The Monitor church, Kansas, shows marked signs of 
being very much alive. This is plainly indicated in its 
January " Foreword," with its schedule of important forth- 
coming events. Among these is its annual Community 
Day in early May, when the members of the church, 
friends and neighbors and everybody, meet to get better 
acquainted and hear things worth while, things that help 
to raise the standard of the community life. Possibly the 
pastor, Bro. W. H. Yoder, Conway, Kans., would be will- 
ing to tell you how they do it, if you do not ask him to 
pay the postage too. 

An item in the " Hershey (Pa.) Press" informs us that 
Bro. I. W. Taylor, of Neffsville, Bro. Jesse Ziegler, of 
Royersford, and Bro. J. H. Longenecker, of Palmyra, 
visited Hershey, Pa., recently, and held a conference with 
Mr. John E. Snyder and others, as to the details for the 
Annual Conference of the Brethren, which, they hope, 
will be held in Hershey in 1918. They will report to the 
General Committee. The probability is that the meeting 
will be located at Hershey again, as the meeting of 1915 
was regarded by many as one of the most suscessful in 
the history of the church. 

Those who are inclined to do useless worrying may 
do well to heed the advice of the Federal Health Bureau, 
which has been gathering statistics on nervous diseases, 
and their tendency to shorten life. A bulletin, recently 
issued, gives the result of investigations made. It ad- 
vises every one to cease worrying, saying, in this con- 
nection: "So far as is known, no bird ever tried to build 
more nests than its neighbor. No fox ever fretted be- 
cause he had only one hole in which to hide. No squirrel 
ever died of anxiety, lest he should not lay by enough 
nuts for two winters instead of for one. No dog ever 
lost any sleep over the fact that he did not have enough 
bones laid aside for his declining years." And yet man 
is disposed to fret. Well^may Christ say to all such: 
"O ye of little faith!" 

Do you help your little children to pray? Do you know 
they naturally want to pray, if you will only encourage 
them? Bro.Trank B. Myers, of Nemadji, Minn., writes us 
how their little four-year-old, seeing her parents at the 
table service, wanted to pray too. Did they tell her she 
was too little? No, they did not make that mistake. They 
wisely seized the opportunity offered. Is that the way 
you do or is it too much bother? Here is an excellent 
" Grace Before Meals" for children, suggested by a writer 
in the "Northwestern Giristian Advocate": 



1 for Jesus' sake 



Elder J. G. Royer Gone to Rest 
When we went to press on Tuesday morning of last 
week, there seemed to be good grounds for the hope that 
our dear brother, having survived the shock of a severe 
surgical operation, would be restored to health. That 
night, however, his remarkable vitality began to diminish 
rapidly and on Thursday morning, at 2:27 o'clock, he 
passed into rest. The same day his body was taken to 
the old home at Mount Morris, which he had left just 
three weeks before. 

From the beginning of his illness, Bro. Royer felt 
strongly that his work was done, and seemed to have no 
desire that his life should be prolonged. Yet he yielded 
gladly to the desires of the family that everything possible 
be done for his recovery. 

Just as we go to press, Tuesday morning, Jan. 30, the 
funeral service, all arrangements for which had been 
made by Bro. Royer himself, is being held in the Mount 
Morris College chapel, conducted by Bro. M. M. Sherrick. 
assisted by Bro. M. W. Emmcrt. The wife, and eight chil- 
dren born to them, all survive him and are all present at 
the funeral. The only son is Bro. Galen B. Royer, Secre- 
tary of the General Mission Board. 

Bro. Royer was born in Unioil County, Pa., April 22, 
1838. He thus lacked a little less than three months of 
being seventy-nine years of age. His life was a remark- 
ably active one, even in his later years, as Messenger 
readers well knew, having so continued up to his illness 
which began Dec. 28. Next week we hope to publish a 
sketch of his life and great service to the church in the 
field of education and otherwise, from the pen of his close 
associate of many years, our Senior Editor, Bro. D. L. 
Miller. 

To all the bereaved ones, and especially to the aged and 
lonely widow, we extend our sincece sympathy. And we 
commend to them the inexpressible comfort found in 
cherishing, as their choicest heritage, the memory of a 
well-ripened Christian manhood. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 3, 1917 



AROUND THE WORLD 



Advantages of Country Life 
111 the mad rush of country residents to the city, some 
things of decided value are apt to be lost sight of. Un- 
doubtedly health, and bodily vigor in general, are more 
predominant in country districts than in the crowded city. 
This statement is abundantly verified by recent figures of 
the United States Census Bureau. Tables have been pre- 
pared for both sexes, based on over 24,000,000 lives and 
1,000,000 reported deaths. Out of 100,000 rural male births, 
58,117 survive to the age of 60. while in the same number 
of city births only 43,454 reach the age of 60. The tables 
show that, as a rule, women live longer than men. Then, 
too, women in the country show a far higher degree of vi- 
tality, proportionally, than their sisters of the city. 



tion. He maintains that it is the business of all duly- 
elected officials to enforce the law so effectually that there 
can not be the least doubt that "prohibition actually pro- 
hibits." He urges that even a judge of the Supreme 
Court should not be exempt from responsibility. He 
should uphold the prohibition law in all its details. The 
very fact that the law is in ill-rcpute, in some localities, is 
ample proof that certain officials are shirking duty. 



Skepticism Among Scientists 
Prof. Leuba, of the Department of Psychology of Bryn 
Mawr College, Pa., has been taking a census of American 
men of science. He claims that 41.8 per cent believe in 
God, while 53.2 per cent are unbelievers. Of those who 
claim to have faith in God, only 31.6 per cent recognize 
the orthodox beliefs of the Christian churches. The findings 
of Prof. Leuba are more encouraging than, at first thought, 
would have seemed possible. That nearly one-third of 
America's scientists are Christian in their belief, is a 
source of gratification. At one time the showing was far 
less favorable. In fact, so marked was the antagonism 
of science to Christianity, in earlier years, that only the 
scientist of strong convictions dared to assert himself as 
a professing Christian. 

British Workers Endorse Wilson Peace Plan 
Unanimous approval was given to President Wilson's 
movement for world peace by the Labor Conference which 
met at Manchester, England, Jan. 26. The resolution, 
unanimously adopted, urges that "all the British repre- 
sentatives at the peace conference should work for the 
formation of an international league to enforce the main- 
tenance of peace on the plan advocated by the President 
of the United States and approved by the British foreign 
secretary." While many of Great Britain's prominent 
men have been disposed to cast ridicule upon the well- 
meant efforts of our Chief Executive, in attempting to 
pour oil upon the troubled waters of warring Europe, the 
workers in practically all countries have voiced their strong 
approval of his well-meant endeavors. 



A Gracious Fruitage 
Every now and then there are evidences that Mr. Sher- 
wood Eddy's campaign of evangelism in China is not 
without its blessed results. Here is just one of the cases; 
A man who was impressed by the Tientsin meetings, 
opened a Bible class in his own house, calling in a Chinese 
Christian to lead it. It began with five members, but 
gradually the neighbors were interested, books were pur- 
chased, and a circulating library started. More than 
eighty names are now on the Bible class roll, and the 
average attendance is forty. Seven persons have been 
received into membership, in addition to the entire house- 
hold of the originator of the movement. A women's class 
of thirty has also been started. This shows what may be 
done by a determined, consecrated effort. 



The American Red Cross Society 
By virtue of his office. President Wilson is president of 
the American Red Cross Society. In a recent appeal he is 
urging increased liberality in support of this great instru- 
mentality of relief to suffering and needy humanity. From 
Aug. 6, 1914, to Sept. 30, 1916, the Society received and 
disbursed for European war relief $2,144,968.17. Of this 
the Allied countries received supplies amounting to $1,121.- 
766.25, while the Central nations were awarded but $34,S,- 
669.48. In explanation of the far smaller amount of sup- 
plies, forwarded to the Central nations, the announcement 
is made that the Allies would not allow the transmission of 
many of the articles that the Red Cross Society had especi- 
ally purchased for the relief and care of the wounded sol- 
diers of the Central nations. War's inhumanity seeks to 
wreak revenge even upon the stricken foe. 



One Man's Experience 
Senator John Sharp Williams, of Georgia, — at one time 
bitterly opposed to prohibition, — is now one of its most 
enthusiastic advocates. Wholly in favor of flie prohibi- 
tion bill, now under consideration, he insists that it is 
by no means as drastic as it should be. He thinks that it 
ought to be made as much of a crime to buy whiskey as 
to sell it, and that the man who buys it and drinks it, is 
really more culpable than the man who merely sells it, 
"You tell me," he says, "that sometimes it is good for 
medicine. It is not. Once a man told me, ' I never take 
a drink except medicinally; I take it as a medicine.' To all 
such I have but this one answer: 'Liquor is a very en- 
livening beverage, but it is the poorest medicine in the 
world. I have tried it for nearly everything that it was 
prescribed for, and it never did me any good for any- 
thing." Senator Williams also insists that in the enforce- 
ment of prohibition laws there should be no 



Why Not Have More InterceaBory Prayers? 

Recent issues of Pittsburgh, Pa,, dailies regard it as a 
most singular happening, that prayers should be offered 
in the business office of a large corporation of that city. 
The head of the concern, it appears, was stricken by a seri- 
ous ailment, and some of his business associates felt im- 
pressed with the fact that God's promise in answer to the 
prayer of faith, might avail in his behalf. And so it came 
about that the incessant activity of a great business con- 
cern was wholly suspended for nearly an hour, that the 
one who was loved by all might be remembered in the 
fervent prayers offered in his behalf. As wc read about 
this incident, we were impressed by the fact that inter- 
cessory prayer is not always accorded as important a place 
in our Christian life as it well deserves. And why not? 



More "Gideon" Bibles 
At latest reports the "Gideons" have placed 333,667 
Bibles in the various hotels of our land. Of these, 15.000 
are in the rooms of Chicago hotels. How one of these 
Bibles saved a man from suicide, while in a Pueblo, Colo., 
hotel, is thus told by a minister of that city: "A traveling 
man had been drinking and was discouraged. He bought a 
bottle of poison and took it to his room. Later, when he 
picked up the poison, ready to die, he found that the bottle 
stood on a Gideon Bible. He opened the book near the 
title page and read: 'Those discouraged or in trouble, read 
Psa. 126.' He found that it was his mother's favorite chap- 
ter. He threw the poison out of the window, gave his 
heart to Christ, and is now a good citizen with a family 
and a happy home." The Good Old Book never fails in 



: of 1 



ed! 



is refreshing, indeed, to note that the latest methods in 
character building are being most effectually applied by 
the various community uplift movements, successfully 
operating in many places. Making use of every means 
already in operation,— churches, schools, etc.,— helpful 
books, together with personal endeavor, arc employed, 
^o reach even the most unpromising. It is a work well 
worth while, wholly in accord with the example of the 
Blessed Master, who was ever ready to lift up the weak 
and faltering. To do something for God and humanity 
each day should be the aim of every Christian. "As we 
have opportunity, let us do good unto all men." 



Mexico's Sad Plight 

Undoubtedly the masses of Mexico are to be pitied 
rather than censured. They have largely descended from 
an ancestry devoid of culture, and have inherited traits 
which operate to hold them back in the general scheme of 
civilization. But school books and not bayonets are need- 
ed to bring the Mexican people to that stage when there 
will be no cry from our own people to cross the Rio 
Grande as conquerors. A Quaker assembly of Pennsyl- 
vania proposes that the universities of the United States 
provide free scholarships for the benefit of Mexican boys 
who have the ambition to acquire a higher education. It 
is a good suggestion. If our great schools will turn out 
graduates to go back among the Mexican people, a better 
condition will ere long prevail in that unhappy land. Ig- 
norance is the cause of poverty in Mexico, and productive 
of much of its strife. Enlightenment will doubtless bring 

better conditions. , 

A House Divided Against Itself 

Up to a very recent date, the producers of beer and 
light wines have been partners with the distillers, in a 
closely-drawn compact to defend their business against all 
encroachments of the temperance hosts. Recent prohibi- 
tion victories, however, have caused the brewers of beer 
and the manufacturers of light wines, in many places, to 
seek security for themselves by disavowing all partnership 
with the distillers. Vigorously the plea is made: "Beer 
and light wines are comparatively harmless, but whiskey 
and liquors of that sort should be forbidden." A bill, re- 
cently introduced into the Illinois Legislature, aims at that 
very thing, and is being strongly supported by the saloon 
element. These men are clinging to the last straw, in the 
hope of saving their business. They want to " make the 
saloon respectable,"— as they say,— by eliminating whiskey 
and other distilled liquor. But will such a half-way busi- 
ness satisfy the people? Will they not insist upon a 

clean sweep? , 

Character Building of Chief Value 

An aggregate of millions of dollars is annually spent 
by our Government, State authorities, institutions and in- 
dividuals, on the perfecting of the various agricultural 
products, elimination of insect pests, diseases, etc., but 
when it comes to the matter of character building, but 
little, comparatively, has been spent in its advancement. 
In practically every neighborhood individuals have "gone 
to the bad," and filled early graves, simply because they 
were not brought in touch with influences that might have 
lifted them out of the mire of evil associates and low 
thinking to the higher sphere of noble purposes. To be 
sure, the Sunday-schools and churches of any community 
are powerful incentives to character building, but even 
after they have done their best, a large part of humanity 
is still unreached. It has been a matter of general ob- 
servation that many of those who fail to live up to their 
highest possibilities, are practically always those who fail 
to think. Undoubtedly one of God's best gifts to man is 
the power to think for himself, and a neglect to make use 
of this high privilege is doubtlc«e responsible for the 
many failures, so very much in evidence everywhere. It 



Prof. Iv 
grad, Rus! 



Division of Sentiment in Russia 
n Chase, of the Royal University of Pctro- 
a,— wow on a tour of the United States,— 
describes conditions as they really exist in that country. 
It is a story wholly dissimilar from the newspaper ac- 
counts that pass the strict scrutiny of the ever vigilant 
censor. Prof. Chase declares that the rank and file of 
the Russian people arc strongly clamoring for peace. 
There are ominous muttcrings that if peace is not made 
soon, there will be a united uprising to depose the Gov- 
ernment leaders who are responsible for the undue pro- 
longation of the war. It is admitted by persons high in 
authority that recently the Duma, in several heated ses- 
sions, became very Insistent that peace negotiations be 
entered into at an early date. It was only accidentally 
that some of these facts became known, the Government 
keeping a close watch on all such information. 



A Message of Significance 

Last week wc referred to ,a document, condemning 
present efforts toward peace ajnong Europe's belligerents, 
and signed by a number of prominent church workers. 
Since then another, wholly different, message has been 
prepared under the auspices of the Church Peace Union, 
and signed by seven hundred prominent church men, in- 
cluding university and college presidents, secretaries of 
church boards, pastors, etc. At a time when the world 
is suffering the indescribable horrors of war, and when 
the possibility of peace by negotiation is strongly urged 
by many, it is wholly fitting that representative church 
men should take an open stand with those who labor for 
the establishment of lasting peace upon the foundation 
of righteousness. The names of Brethren H. C. Early, D. 
L. Miller, Galen B. Royer and J. H. B. Williams, of our 
own people, arc found in the list of those endorsing the 

movement. 

Mennonites and War 

An inquiry has reached us, concerning the incident re- 
cently mentioned in these columns, concerning the barring 
of a Mennonite minister, E. L. Frey, and others, from 
entrance to Canada, because of their anti-war convictions. 
For the benefit of the correspondent in quest of further in- 
formation, as well as for the satisfaction of our readers 
in general, vfe herewith give a few additional facts, as 
found in a recent issue of the "Gospel Herald." Mr. 
Frey, wh^n asked by the Canadian officials as to his at- 
titude towards war, promptly replied: "We believe that 
war is wrong." On the question of recruiting, he declared 
his unwillingness to take part in it, nor would he ad- 
vocate it in any way whatever. When asked as to his 
attitude, should one of his members volunteer for army 
service, he promptly answered; "We would dismiss him 
from fellowship." The examining officer finally said: 
" Better wait with your trip until the war is over; then 
you can preach all you want to. We believe that war is 
wrong, just as much as you do; but as officers of this 
Government we must do our duty." Undoubtedly the ex- 
perience of our Mennonite brother is just what ministers 
of the Church of the Brethren may expect, under like 
circumstances. Principles of nonresistance do not prove 
very congenial in a warring country. 



Cultivating a Spirit of Neighborliness 
To note that a realization of responsibility for the wel- 
fare of others is being aroused among those who move 
in the higher walks of life. Is always encouraging. Mrs. 
Vincent Astor, of New York, is heading a movement 
which she outlines in the following: "We need here, in 
this great city, a neighborhood spirit,— a spirit which' will 
bring Fifth Avenue and First Avenue together, and which 
will make us acquainted with the homes and needs of 
each other as neighbors and friends,— not as charity 
workers. . . . We want to get together and under- 
stand each other's point of view and to know each other 
and to like each other, and to make our neighborhood a 
place of courtesy and accessibility." We quote the above 
for the special purpose of suggesting its entire applicabil- 
ity to practically every city, town or village in our land. 
Class distinctions are wholly inimical to the true spirit of 
neighborliness. A neglect to associate with one another as 
we might and should, deprives us of precious opportunities 
of helpfulness. As some one has truly said: " If we knew 
each other better, we should love each other more." A 
practical question in this connection, would be: "What 
are you doing in your neighborhood, that the best pos- 
sible relations may prevail between all its constituent ele- 
ments?" It is one of the "big tasks." but one that is 
well worthy of our best endeavor. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 3, 1917 



HOME AND FAMILY 



A New Year's Acrostic 

By Mrs. J. S. Thomas 
Couldst thou but climb to Pisgah's top, 
Oh what a joy 'twould be! 
Up there, beyond all doubt and care. 
No one betwbtt thy God and thee, 
To rest, and heaven's blessings share. 
Your retrospection, O how great. 
O'er all the bygone years; 
Unnumbered blessings numerate. 
Review, through joy and tears. 
Behold his Everlasting Grace, 
Longsuffcring Love Divine, 
Enduring patience, blessings rare, 
Sent down to thee and thine. 
Show forth thy gratitude, rejoice, 
Incline thy heart to praise, 
Now while Old Father Time's great clock 
Gives warning, — Count your days. 
Seek God and love his ways, 
xville. Pa., Jan. 1. 



A Remarkable Mother in Israel 

BY S. 2. SHARP 

One of the most remarkable women we ever knew 
in the Church of the Brethren was Esther Swigart Van 
Dyke, who was bom May 20, 1831, near McVeytown, 
Mifflin County, Pa., and who died near Holmesville, 
Nebr., Oct. 2, 1899. She was united in marriage to 
Eid. Archibald Van Dyke in 1851. W^e formed her ac- 
quaintance in 1862 and were on intimate terms with 
this devout family until the day of her death. 

We had ample opportunity to observe her method of 
training her family. This was an object lesson, not 
only to her own children, but to the rest of us. Too 
many parents command their children in a harsh man- 
ner to do things, and the work is done grudgingly and 
indifferently. There was no scolding in this family 
when sometliing was to be done, but the method was 
.something like this, " Mary, there ought to be some 
wood brought in," or, " Perry, the pigs have not been 
fed vet." Then the w'ork was done quickly, cheerfuHv 
and well. 

Most remarkable were her generalship, skill and her- 
oism by which, with ever scanty means, she fed. 
clolhed and presented in tidy appearance those fifteen 
boys !ind girls who came on her hands in rapid succes- 
?ion. to demand a mother's affection and maternal care. 
Onl}- those who have tried it, can, in a measure, realize 
the magnitude of the task. " When the roll is called 
up yonder" it will be seen that many a hero in the 
lower walks of life will far outrank the mightiest 
general that led great armies to victory. 

It was the aim of this mother to teach her children 
the worth of the three great essentials in this life. — 
domestic economy, education and religion. Being 
limited financially, it required her utmost skill to pro- 
vide for so large a family, hence, as soon as the little 
hands were able to do something, they were put to 
work. Though hard pressed with her household w^ork. 
yet she found time to aid her children in their studies, 
to instill sound principles and to build up good char- 
acter. She had her boys to write essays against the 
evils in tlie use of whiskey and tobacco, and ihe result 
was that none of them ever used either of those ar- 
ticles. 

She used every opportunity to train her children re- 
ligiously. When the public school teacher required 
his pupils to recite a verse of Scripture, as the roll was 
called in the morning, this mother saw to it that none 
of her children failed, though she had to have eight 
new verses every morning. A\'hen her husband was 
away preaching, she conducted the family worship by 
reading of Scripture and prayer, and taught her chil- 
dren early to take part in this service. The result was 
a religious family. W'e remember when the oldest 
children were received into the church, and the others 
followed, as they grew up, until all were enrolled as 
members of the church. We often visited this family 
and the conversation usually drifted to heavenly 
things. Sometimes it was prolonged until after the 
midnight hour. 

When she realized that the end of her pilgrimage 



on earth was drawing nigh, she wrote to us, recjuest- 
ing us to preach her funeral sermon, giving us the text 
of Scripture and hymns to be ur.ed. and the details of 




conducting the funeral services. Thus departed a 
mother who was not only a blessing and benediction to 
her own family, but an object lesson to the rest of us. 
fruita, Colo. ^ ^ ^ 

The Chinese Lily 

BY ELIZABETH D. KOSEKBERGER 

It bloomed in the sunshine, and filled the room with 
its fragrance. " How beautiful it is ! " exclaimed Bar- 
bara, as she came into Mrs. Graham's living-room. 
"What golden hearts the flowers have! These Chi- 
nese lilies are surely the prettiest things for the house !" 

" I love them too, but they do not last," answered 
Mrs. Graham. " They ore so much less trouble than 
the calla lily or my ainaryllis, but, somehow, I do like 
the others better." 

Barbara was standing close to the glass bowl in 
which the Chinese Hly was growing in water. " It does 
not have much root, does it? And it is in bloom only 
a short time." 

" Yes, as I said, I do admire it." Then, with a smile. 
Mrs. Graham said, " My Chinese lily is very similar to 
some people. They impress you strongly at first 
glance, and you want to cultivate their friendship. I've 
been breaking off the lilies this morning that were fad- 
ed and dead. Not having much root they fade quick- 
ly." 

Barbara laughed softly : " Why, I have a Chinese lily 
friend right now, though I never called her that. She 
was so dear and came to see me very often, after we 
got acquainted, then, almost before I could really 
understand what hftd taken place, she stopped coming. 
Today she speaks to me when we meet, but the old 
friendship is gone,-vit is as if it had never been." 

Mrs. Graham Was pouring inore water on her lilies 
when she made answer: "Yes, I've had friends who 
were not the lasting kind." She smiled thoughtfully. 
" But I was thinking of how attractive these flowers 
are at first sight. I guess you never knew Rhoda Tra- 
vers. She took ever>'body by storm at first,— she was 
pretty and so gifted at first. She'd sit down to the 
piano and play and sing, and we all liked to hear her. 
Then, too, she could talk." 

Barbara could not resist a "Well, what of that?" 
to this. 

But Mrs. Graham answered, " What of that? Some 
women talk well and Rhoda was silver-tongued, if ever 
any woman was. She could sew and cook too." 

" Nothing wrong so far? " parried Barbara. 

" You know well enough what is coming. When w^e 
wanted her to play for some singing-class, we found 
she couldn't keep time. Her sewing wasn't well done ; 
the seams ripped, and her pies, when she made them 
herself, were awful. When people first met her they 
said, ' How attractive she is ! ' But when they talked 
with her a little while, they found that there wasn't 
much in what she said." She paused, and Barbara 
took up the tale. 

" And I know you are thinking of other people who 
never impress you greatly at first but who have wear- 
ing qualities. There's Nora Cable. Quiet and V'^IU 



poised, she never tried to flaunt herself before others. 
When she sang, she sang true; when she sewed a but- 
ton on, it stayed. I've seen her paper her living-room 
in a rich golden tan color, and then fill an old blue jug 
with brown-eyed Susans. She just worked until that 
big, dreary room was the homie?t place in this town. 
Anybody could live with her; she did more than her 
share, — all the time without a word about it. Say, Mrs. 
Graham, I like the flowers that root deeply, best, too." 

We all do, when we stop to think. Nothing is more 
wonderful than the almost infinite variety of character 
which exists among us. Wliy are not all just alike? 
When you explain why the Chinese lily is different 
from the calla lily, we may try to explain the diversity 
in human lives. Only that is true education, which 
tenches us not only how to think, but how to think 
right. If you spend hours in trivial thinking, you will 
be like the blossoms on Mrs. Graham's library table; 
you will be shallow, untrustworthy, — not to be de- 
pended on. There are hearts so sensitive to the touch 
of human experience, so full of emotion, that they re- 
spond to every note of joy or sorrow that strikes their 
chords. A heart like this echoes back a merry laugh, 
and it echoes the wail of trouble, but in each case it is 
only an echo. No deptlis are stirred. 

\Vhy do you go to your old friend with a trouble? 
He was your father's friend, an upright, just man, who 
has suffered many things. He jias learned life's se- 
crets in the school of experience. Disappointments, 
sorrow, anxieties, tender joys, — all have had a place in 
enriching his life. You go to him and his sympathy 
takes in at once tlie burden of infirmity or trial you 
bring him. You go away with a quickening thrill, 
which means renewed strength, to go on and bear 
whatever comes. This man has helped you. 



That pii 



■est hcaven,- 
of strength 



: to other souls 
some great agony." 



Covingto7i, Ohio. 



CORRESPONDENCE 



I what thou flceat, and send i 



the churchu " 



FROM BETHEL CHURCH, CLAY COUNTY, 
FLORIDA 

Jan. 2, wife and I left our home at Virden, III., and 
after spending a few days with the Father's children in 
Kansas City, we started for the balmy South. On the 
morning of Jan. 10 we were met in Jacksonville, by our 
son, Eld. A. D. Crist, who conveyed us to his home, 
eighteen miles southwest of Jacksonville, near Middle- 
burg. 

We found the brethren very busy, finishing the scats in 
their churchhouse. Sunday morning was bright and 
warm, and at 10 A. M. the Sunday-school met in the new 
church. At U o'clock we had the house well filled for 
the dedicatory sermon, after which we had a basket din- 
ner, of which over one hundred partook. At 2 P. M. we 
met for a temperance lecture, which was listened to very 
attentively. At 6 o'clock the Christian Workers' Band 
met, followed by a sermon. Thus closed the first day's 
work in the new churchhouse. 

They have a good, substantial building, giving them a 
church home that the community appreciates. The house 
is not painted yet, and they have a small debt besides. 
The financial burden, as well as the work of building, has 
fallen heavy on a few. The elder of the church put in four 
months almost entirely, in the building of the house. T 
find the members spiritual, and deeply interested in the 
Lord's work. The Lord willing, we expect to continue 
the meetings for some time, closing with a love feast. 

Middleburg, Florida, Jan. 15. I. H. Crist. 



A VOICE FROM HARRISBURG, PA. 

For six and one-half years I have done notliing but 
evangelistic work. I tried to make Paul's motto mine, 
"This one thing I do." My work was confined to the 
four States,— Virginia, West Virginia, Marylai\d, and 
Pennsylvania. It is a pleasure to revert to these years 
of service for the Lord. It makes a beautiful picture to 
look at. If I could make it pass before you, it would 
be an inspiring "movie," I think. 

I first came to Harrisburg to assist in a meeting Jan. 
30, 1915, and remained for three weeks. I returned again 
and began a meeting Jan. 29, 1916, and continued again 
for three weeks. Later on I received a call to become 
pastor in this city, which was accepted. 

We moved here last September, in order that the chil- 
dren might start to school at the opening. I could not 
take up the work here until Jan. 1, 1917, because I had 
promised all my time for 1916. 

Tb?r? .9re a few over a hundred members here. This is 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 3, 1917 



their first effort to support a pastor. Here is a problem 
in proportion. If one hundred members can support a 
pastor, besides bearing all other expenses of a city church, 
how many missionaries or pastors can 6.700 (the number 
ill the Eastern District of Pennsylvania) members sup- 
port? Instead of 6,700 put the number in your own Dis- 
trict, or the number in the Brotherhood, less those that 
are already supporting pastors or missionaries. Think 
of it! And don't stop thinking just yet. Keep on until 
tile thinking produces actions. What results! Glory! 
We have a neat, well-built and well-arranged house of 
ivorship on Hummel Street, near Mulberry Street. 

1 am anxious to get in touch with all members who 
move or come to the city for a time. I hope the elders 
will inform me at once when members locate here, giving 
me name and street address if possible. Without the 
address it would be almost impossible to find them. And, 
iparents, when your children come here, let me know, 
■whether they are members or not, and I shall try to get 
Tthem interested in the work here, thereby keeping them 
from being caught in the many traps of the city. At 
neast we shall make an effort to save them. 

I am told that many in this city are descendants of 

Brethren families. I am anxious to get in touch with such. 

Will you, who know of such, — especially those who are 

non-church members, help me? Write, giving full address. 

Wm. K. Conner. 

546 South Seventeenth Street. 



THE ROLL CALL OF 1916 
The grim reaper, whose names is Death, called fifty- 
eight of our ministers from time to eternity during 1916. 
Some of them were prominent elders, and widely known 
in the Church of the Brethren. Those whose names in 
the list below, are preceded by a star (*), served once or 
more on the Standing Committee of Conference. Age at 
death is given, following each name: 

Abrnm Kiiiehnrt, Onward. Ind., 03; Josppli Keslor, West Sa- 
lem, Ohio, 89; George "W- Brunibaugli, Clover Creek, Pa„ 88; 
Moses noUinger, New Madison. Ohio, 87; Frederick Bake.ier, 
Leaf River, 111., 86; •WiUiam Harvey, Jasper, Mo., 80; A. L. Neff, 
Syracuse, Ind., 85; George Rufner, Auburn. Ind., 85; Mames H. 
Hilkey, Overbrook, Kans., 84; Mathias LIngenfeltcr, Canton, III,, 
S3; John Murray, Tate, Tenn., 83; George B. Brumbaiig]i, Jamea 
Creek, Pa., 82; •Christian Bucher, Lebanon. Pa., 82; Noali W. 
Crurarine, Wabash, Ind., 82; J. B. Baahor, Santa Ana, Cal., 81; 
•Eleazer Bosserman, Williamstown, Ohio, 81; •Joseph Holsopple, 
Clymer, Pa., 81; George T. Swihart, Goshen, Ind., 81; John U. 
Stutsman, Harbor Springs, Mich., 80; Devolt Crowell, Bradford, 
Ohio, 70; John H. Bikenberry. Gowrie, Iowa, 78; •Daniel Hays, 
Broadway, Va., 77; •Aaron Fike, Oakland, Md., 76; Moses Mum- 
mert, Menges Mills. Pa., 75; Wm. P. Neal, Goshen, Ind,, 75; Allen 
A. Oberlin, Logansport, Ind., 74; Henry Tingley, Jerico Springe, 
Mo., 73; Samuel J. Burger, Baltic, Ohio, 72; S. G. Sites, Helper, 
"W. Va., 72; John 0. Boone, Ferrum, Va., 68; P. U. Miller, Berlin. 



Welser, Idalio, 65; David Sell, Hollidaysburg, Pa., 65; Lewis H. 
S-ahrney, Sterling, Kans., 6i; *D. S. Fllbrun, New Carlisle, -Ohio, 
«t; J. E. Keller, Froid, Mont., &i: John Deleplain, Peace yallev. 



Mo., 63; 'George K. Sappington. Le Gore. Md., 



'town, Ind., 59; Martin Buterbnugh, Carthage. Mo„ 57; Andrew 
'Chambers, Washington, D. C, 57; Henry J. NefF. South Whitley, 
Tnd., 57; Joslah B. Brumbaugh, Juniata, Pa., 55; John E, Ai- 



Jo- 



Eleven of these brethren served on the Standing Com- 
mittee. Eld. Daniel Hays served twelve times, and Eld. 
Christian Bucher eight times. Bro. Bucher was the last 
elder left of the 1880 Standing Committee. Surely our 
dear ministers that died in 1916 will be missed very much. 
Their vacant chair appeals to us pathetically, but we hope 
to meet them safe at home, in the siveet by and by. 

Elizabethtown, Pa. Edgar M. Hoffer. 



NOTES FROM LIAO 

This has been a very open fall. During the middle of 
the day it is very warm even now. This is favorable to 
the poor who are hard pressed by the higher prices of 
food-stufFs. Here this is largely due to a pooi:_ harvest, 
— the war only affecting the prices o' material for cloth- 
ing so far as they are concerned. And now they receive 
an account of this awful carnage, in picture and story, 
from English sources. 

In the early fall Bro. Yin was here from Ping Ting 
Chou and preached every evening for two weeks. It 
seemed best for our community to have these meetings 
at 5 P. M. In the forenoon, daily Bible studies were con- 
ducted in Ephesians. In October a visit was made to our 
out-stations, and the outlook at both seems to be hope- 
ful. We are arranging to open a third at the beginning 
of the new year, the property already being rentsd. 

Then, during the first week of November we had classes 
with the inquirers, followed by baptisms. In this class 
we had our first converts from the out-stations. There 
were eight -of these, and twelve from Liao Chou. Prob- 
ably this was the best class we have yet had. All of our 
members seem to have been strengthened by the dif- 
ferent meetings. 

On the evening of Nov. 11 we held our love feast in the 
auditorium of the Boys' School Building. Not all of our 
members could be present, but sixty surrounded the 
Lord's table. What a con-trast to our first communion, 
when there were but few native members! Every one 
seemed to enter into the spirit of the service. Bro. 



Flory officiated. He is just becoming "at home" in this 
new language, and we believe his efforts, thus far, augur 
effective service for the church in China. 

Thanksgiving was observed by an English service in 
the morning, and by a prayer meeting service with the 
Chinese in the evening. They entered into the spirit of 
the occasion, and we shall not soon forget that each one 
presented blessings for which he was grateful to the Lord. 

Now we are al! busy and happy in getting ready for 
Christmas. Wc are making special efforts to extend the 
joy of Christmas by helping the many poor around us. 
This year we are planning to take our gifts to the homes 
of the poor. Formerly they came to tlie chapel, and not 
always were the most deserving ones helped. May this 
Christmas time bring new happiness to many a heart! 

Liao Chou, December, 1916. J. Homer Bright. 



THE VOLUNTEER BAND OF ELIZABETHTOWN 
COLLEGE, PA. 

The small Band at Elizabethtown has many reasons to 
rejoice. Our Band, which has not been organized a year, 
meets in regular meetings each Saturday evening. Most 
of the meetings are open to all who wish to worship with 
us. It has been a great advantage to many, and quite 
a help in their spiritual life. The spirit of the Band has 
manifested itself throughout the school. The students, 
as a whole, have been helped and have been raised to a 
higher standard of conduct by the example of older stu- 
dents who signed the pledge for higher services. 

At the beginning of the school year eleven of the Vol- 
unteers of last year returned. Two had to leave us this 
year on account of illness. We are praying for their 
speedy recovery. The departure of these two did not 
lessen the number of laborers for the Lord's work, for 
he has meanwhile called six others to fill the ranks thus 
depleted. 

The Band, although small, has been doing very good 
work. The church at this place has two out-post Sunday- 
schools, in which the Volunteers work. In one school 
five are laboring, and in the other three are at work each 
Sunday. Some visiting is done among the homes in these 
respective places, and thus many are turned toward a 
better life. 

At a recent meeting of the Band we felt that we should 
do something definite along the line of systematic giv- 
ing. We decided to give something each week toward the 
further spread of the Gospel. 

The Band has also felt the need of having meetings 
with the aged brethren and sisters, who are not able to 
go to church each Sunday. We find the places through 
the assistance of an earnest aged sister, who keeps a list 
of such members. It is a pleasure, after having spent the 
afternoon in Sunday-school work, to gladden the lives of 
those who are not able to enjoy what we do. We sing 
several hymns, have some Scripture quotations and several 
sentence prayers. 

Many of our former members are now away from the 
school. They enjoy hearing from those of like faith, and 
we, in turn, appreciate hearing from them. The Lord 
has certainly blessed us, so far. John F. Graham. 

Elizabethtown, Pa. 



AUBURN MISSION, INDIANA 

While we have had obstacles to overcome, our pastor 
being greatly hindered in the work because of so much 
sickness in the home, yet we feel that the year 1916 has 
been a prosperous one for Auburn Mission. 

Sister Warstler, our pastor's companion, is again able 
to be with us in our services, after a three months' con- 
finement to her home with typhoid fever. She was great- 
ly missed in the work, hence her presence with us is very 
much appreciated. 

We held our Christmas exercises on Christmas Eve, 
at which time the entire Sunday-school and all children 
present received a treat, consisting of candy, popcorn, etc. 

We are arranging two class-rooms for the little folks. 
They will be separated from the main room by curtains and 
the room will be fitted up with primary chairs, black- 
boards, charts, etc. This will add to the comfort of the 
children, as well as provide for more efficient teaching. 

Our Sunday-school continues to grow. Nearly every 
Sunday new scholars are added. The writer and Bro. M. 
A. Hanson were reelected superintendents for another 
year. Brethren Howard Ellis and if. A. Hanson were 
elected presidents of the Christian Workers' Society. 

Our- Sisters' Aid Society has been a joint organization 
with the sisters of Cedar Creek, but since the organiza- 
tion, the membership has grown to the extent that two 
separate societies have been organized. The officers for 
the Auburn Society are; Superintendents, Sisters Ankeny 
and Shade; President, Sister Warstler; Vice-President, 
Sister Hanson; Secretary, Sister Haynes; Assistant Sec- 
retary, Sister Ellis; Treasurer, Sister Budd. 

We expect to be in a revival meeting soon. These meet- 
ings will be in charge of our pastor, Bro. C. Walter 
Warstler. Sister Nora Shively will conduct the song 



Auburn is being, made to feel that there is a " Chu 
of the Brethren" in her midst, and a number, some 
whom at present arc identified with other churches, 
lookmg this way. Lottie M. Rynearsoi 

1208 South Main Street, Auburn, Ind., Jan 20 



Bro. Amos Budd (minister) and wife are now located 
among us, having recently sold their farm and purchased 
property in this city. Their assistance in the work is 
much appreciated. 



SOUTH WATERLOO CHURCH, WATERLOO, IOWA 

Since the reports from this church have been rather 
brief, this past year, as compared with its activities, it is 
the purpose of these notes to give a brief summary of 
the year's work, both of the rural and city congregations 
which constitute the South Waterloo church. 

As we assembled in business meeting, Jan. 8. at the city 
church, we missed the presence of our pastor, Bro. A. P. 
Blough, who was unable to be present on account of 
physical disability. On Sunday before Christmas, while 
delivering a sermon, his system began to give way, under 
the heavy load he has been bearing. A partial paralysis 
of the face developed, making it necessary, for the time 
being, tliat he lay aside his public work and take a much 
needed rest. We are thankful that already the many 
prayers offered in his behalf are being answered, and that 
there is some improvement in his condition. We look for- 
ward to the time when he may be restored to his former 
health and activities in the church. This is but the third 
time, during the past eighteen years, that Bro. Blough has 
not presided at the quarterly business meetings. In his 
absence. Eld. W. H. Lichty filled the position very ably. 
This being the first meeting of the new year, the principal 
business was the election of officers for the coming 
year, and the reading of reports. Tlie meeting was most 
harmonious and helpful. 

During the past year there have been two aeries of re- 
vival meetings,— the one in the country being conducted 
by Bro. C. B. Smith, and in the city by Bro. O. P. Haines. 
It is a matter of rejoicing that forty-seven have been ad- 
mitted into church membership through baptism, while 
two former members have been restored to active mem- 
bership. Seven of our members were called higher, and 
we miss their helpful services. A Bible Institute, con- 
ducted by Bro. J. F. Souders, was enjoyed by the city 
congregation last year. It has been our privilege to have 
Sister Eliza Miller spend a part of her furlough with this 
church, while visiting her relatives, and we feel that her 
helpful talks and her companionship Iiave been a special 
means of encouragement to those who are looking for- 
ward to the mission field. 

While we have lost two of our good workers, — Brother 
and Sister S. L. Whisler,— the Minneapolis church is the 
gainer. Mrs. Whisler was formerly known as Sister Eva 
Lichty. She served in the Waterloo Sunday-school work 
for many years, and has been assisting in the preparation 
of the graded lessons. 

During the past year some necessary material improve- 
ments have been made in the city church, — the interior 
having been redecorated, a new furnace installed, and the 
building rcshingled. 

In September the church entertained the County Sun- 
day-school Convention in the city church very success- 
fully, in spite of the fact that the weather made it neces- 
sary to transfer the Convention from the country to the 
city, on the morning when it convened. Some most ex- 
cellent help in Sunday-school work was given. 

The Sunday-school reports for the past year show that 
in the rural school there has been an average attendance 
of 216, and that there are twelve teacher-training graduates, 
with a promising class for the coming year. Several new 
pieces of equipment have been added. The organization 
for the coming year was perfected with Bro. Isaac Forney 
as superintendent. 

In the city school the average attendance was 191. The 
total offering from al! lines of Sunday-school work was 
$941.69. There are six teacher-training graduates and a 
new class will take the work up at the organized class 
meetings of the Plus Ultra class. The Twentieth Record 
System has been installed and other new equipment has 
been added. The genera! superintendent is Sister Ida 
Blough. 

Both schools have the postoffice system for the distri- 
bution of Sunday-school literature. Each school gives 
$6.50 per Sunday toward the support of a home mission 
worker and a Bethany scholarship. This has been done 
for a number of years and is a good incentive toward 
liberal giving. It means that the average offerings of 
each school must be about $12 per Sunday. The Sunday- 
school class hour has been lengthened in the city school 
by opening at 9: 45 A. M. and has proved to be a decided 
benefit. 

The Christian Workers' Society has been successful 
in organizing both a Junior and Young People's Society, 
in addition to the Adult Department. Bro. Wm. Tisdale 
continues to have charge of the latter; Sisters Cora Hoff 
and Bernice Wagoner succeed Sisters Eikenberry and 
French in the Junior work, and Sister Witter succeeds 
Ida Blough as superintendent of the Young People's De- 
partment. Since these departments have been organized, 
we are realizing that we now have three willing workers 
in place of one reluctant one, as formerly. We hope that 
many others have discovered the benefit of departmental 
work in the Christian Workers' Society, as well as in the 
Sunday-school. Ida B. Blough. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 3, 1917 



The Ohio Dry Convention 

(Concluded from Pago 00) 
national Lesson Committee to insert a mandatory tem- 
perance lesson each quarter of the year, and of the in- 
fluence of these lessons during a quarter of a century, in 
molding a healthy temperance sentiment. 

Rev. Edward B. Gilham, colored, declared that Ohio 
colored voters would line up behind a Prohibition Amend- 
ment in greater numbers than ever before. A proposed 
amendment, drafted by a committee of seven, representing 
the various dr>' forces of tlie State, was announced by 
Wayne B. Wheeler, counsel for the Anti-Saloon League 
of America. The proposed amendment was adopted by 
the convention. 

Mr. Wheeler also gave an address on "The National 
Fight." He said that the fight was on from Maine to 
California and would continue until John Barleycorn made 



Ives vah'anl soldiers in this 
cided for the right, on the 
3reenvillc, Ohio, Jan. 24. 



reat l)attle, that it may be 
<tU day of ncvt November. 



CORRESPONDENCE 



many in the community who arc favor 
and to Bro. Cook as a citizen and a 
them with their prospects brightening 
lielp in the ministry, and Bro. Cook ! 
help. Their feast seemed to be of n 


able to the church, 
minister. We left 
The church needs 
s anxious for such 
ore tlian ordinary 


Covington, Ohio 


J. Rosenberger. 



ondil 



-At the " Newspaper Hour," the following Ohio editors 

"Daily Newspapers' Part in Making Ohio Dry," S. G. 
McClure, publisher "Youngstown Telegram." 

"The Newspaper as a Promoter of Public Welfare," J. 
R. Alexander, publisher "Zanesvllle Signal." 

"Weekly Newspapers' Part in Making Ohio Dry," C. 
E. Peoples, publisher " Pomeroy Democrat." 

"Starting a Newspaper Right," Howard Gilkcy, editor 
of " Columbus Monitor." 

J. A. Rice, Canton, Ohio, gave an address on "Prohibi- 
tion Inevitable." 

V. L. Philips, State Secretary of Intercollegiate Prohi- 
bition Association, spoke on "The College Student in the 
Fight." 

The climax of the convention came when William Jen- 
nings Bryan spoke to an audience of more than 5,000 
people in Memorial Hall, with great numbers turned away 
for want of room within. He said, in part, that "no party 
can battle for the saloon. Prohibition is moving forward 
more rapidly than I, with my sanguine disposition, could 
have expected. The time has come to make this one ques- 
tion the dominant issue of the nation. I am not willing 
that the Democratic party should chain itself to a corpse, 
or be buried in a drunkard's grave. Republicans and Dem- 
ocrats should forget, for the moment, their differences in 
other things and stand together, shoulder to shoulder, for 
the home and against the saloon. If God spares my life 
twenty more years, I shall see woman standing beside 
man and sharing the ballot. I shall sec the saloons driven 
out of the United States, and forevermore, and I shall see 
my nation leading the world to a higher ground, and 
buildmg Its peace in the philosophy of the Man of Gali- 



ELDER HENRY CLAY BAKER 

Henry Clay Baker was born in Wayne County, Ind., 
Oct. .W, 1848. He was the sijilh of a family of nine chil- 
dren, of whom three brothers survive him. When he was 
fifteen years of age, he, with his parents, moved to Michi- 
gan, where he lived until he was twenty-three. June 23, 
1872, he was married to Katie A. Diermcyer, of North 
Liberty, Ind. Here they lived until January, 1878, when 
they moved to Dunn County, Wis. In March, 1891, they 
moved to their present location. East Pepin, Wis. To 
them were born five daughters and four sons, all of whom 
survive him. The end came suddenly, of apoplexy, Ian 
10, 1917. 

Deceased has lived an exemplary Christian life for 
forty-five years. He has served in the ministry for over 
thirty-seven years. He was elder in charge of the Chippe- 
wa Valley church for over thirty years. He was ap- 
pointed one of the trustees for the whole Brotherhood, 
at home and abroad, in which capacity he served until 
the time of his death, having signed some official docu- 
ments from Denmark during his last illness. 

I have known and labored in the ministry with Bishop 
Baker for twenty-two years. He always had the welfare 
of the church at heart. He was an earnest and effectual 
minister. He served as an elder for thirty years. Our 
work was very jileasant and, we trust, profitable for the 
Master. The church here will greatly feel their loss, as he 
was their bishop. He leaves two young ministers as his 
successors. He had the respect of the entire community. 
Services by Bro. J. M. Myers, of Stanley, Wis., and the 
writer. Text, Rev. 14: l3. C. P. Rowland. 

Lanark, Illinois. 



Senator Richard Jones, Duluth, Minn., and L. C. Lewis 
Columbus, spoke oii the issue from the standpoint of thj 
laboring man. 

Mrs. Lilian Bert, director of the Safety and Efficiency 
Department of the Ohio Anti-Saloon League, was in 
charge of a School of Methods in a separate building. She 
had a fine exhibit of large posters, statistics, microscopic 
views, etc., showing effects of alcohol on various organs 
of the body. Her literature is being used quite extensive- 
ly in the public schools, in Sunday-school, in factories and 
in public places. 

Mrs. Rudd T. Neel, Huntington, W. Va., gave a very 
forceful message, descriptive of conditions in her State 
before and since their dry experience. She declared that 
West \ irginia, never in her history, enjoyed such an era 
of progress and prosperity,— material and moral —as since 
the saloons went out. 

The program on the last afternoon was given largely to 
dry leaders from Michigan, telling how they won the 
victory there. Amongst these dry leaders were a few 
Catholics, who told about their church organization and 
the dry sentiment that is rapidly gaining ground among 
their people. The vice-president and manager of the Reo 
Motor Car Company said that their company has been 
supporting the dry cause, because their men, by abstaining 
from the use of liquor, rendered more efficient service 
Among many letters their company had received, threat- 
ening boycott because of their temperance attitude, he 
read one from Milwaukee and one from Cincinnati— two 
^nZT ^V"" '"''""/'=''"- Notwithstanding this 'feeble 
effort of boycott, they were employing 5,000 workmen, 
with a better business during the past year than ever bc- 

The last period of the convention, and perhaps the most 
eonvmcing to those who may be sincere in supporting 
he wet cause, was the Carlisle-Pierpont debate, given by 
two temperance workers from New Jersey. This debate 
was revised to date, and every phase of argument, pro- 
Si 'a" r' >' "'^"" """• "" ■"" ''' --n«fi°. 

logical and most convincing manner. 

■„m"j'' ^ 1'" ,°' "'"■ ""^"'•'"s attended the convention 

includrag the three members of the District Temperance 

Committee of Southern Ohio. '<:mperance 

Our own 'church people in Ohio should not only be 

anee'h,,'" "".,''°"' T "''>' '^"'^^ ^'<'<'<' '<" temper- 
ance, but, in order to hold this record as a church ,ni . 
dnve alcohol, the great destroyer, from our horde s i" 
behooTM every minister, every Sunday-school worker and 
every member of our church, to get busy and prove our- 



JOTTINGS ON OUR VISIT TO OKLAHOMA 
By the request of Bro. D. E. Gripe we made a visit to 
Oklahoma. We visited him when he lived in Kentucky, 
about twenty-five years ago. We made a short visit in 
Bro. Gripe's home, in the prosperous city of Enid. It 
will be remembered that Brother and Sister Cripc have 
charge of the Child Rescue Work of Oklahoma Bro 
Cripe looks after the finances, and edits "The Orphan," 
while Sister Cripe oversees the needs of the inmates, 
weighing them regularly. Sister Cripe seems to be well 
adapted to that delicate kiiid of work. While they are con- 
stantly receiving infants and children they are also con- 
stantly finding homes for them, so the inmates do not 
accumulate. The sight of those helpless little ones was 
interesting. I was pleased to learn of the interest that 
the city takes in the Home. Many of the people give 
regular contributions. Sister Cripe has free street-car 
transportation. 

We met with the Monitor church, near the town of 
Nash Oct. 19. This was, at one time, one of the largest 
churches in the State, but the spirit of emigration set in, 
so that they gave letters to about thirty of their members 
at one meeting, including two of their leading ministers 
This loss was keenly felt, but the church has, to some 
extent, rallied. They still continue the regukr work of 
the church along- the various lines of our church activ- 
ities, with Brethren Isaac Miller and Aaron Diller in the 
ministry. They seem to work with harmony. We closed 
with a feast that was well attended. I noticed that mem- 
bers came from much greater distances than they do in 
Ohio. The meeting afforded quite a reunion; and all 
seemed to be encouraged. The brethren there are closely 
surrounded by various denominations. I found their lines 
quite closely drawn. Each one is carefully seeking to 
shepherd his flock. 

We also held a scries of meetings in the Antelope Val- 
ley church, near Billings, Okla., the home of Bro W C 
Cook, who at one time resided at Bijou Hill, S. Dak 
where he organized and built up a church among the 
wilds of an early day. We held a series of meetings for 
hira twenty-two years ago. The meetings were a suc- 
cess, so far as adding interest and numbers to that pioneer 
congregation were concerned. Bro. Cook came to the 
Antelope Valley country about eight years ago. He found 
a few members scattered over that fine prairie country. 
He at once began to preach and shepherd these isolated 
members. They felt encouraged and built a very com- 
modious house of worship, and all seemed to bid fair A 
meeting was finally held, which was crowned with suc- 
cess, as their number was more than doubled. These 
meetings were soon followed by an election for officers. 
Lnder the influence of strong tie votes a number were 
ehosen,-both deacons and ministers. This peculiar con- 
dition, of so many new members, called for much prayer 
and most careful handling. 

We devoted much of our effort to create sentiment for 
renewed effort in the work. ' In this we met with ii 
measure of success. We were encouraged at the large 
regular attendance of mcni^ers from other churches. We 
left them with reluctance. .Wf vat pleased to find so 



THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF BLUE RIDGE 
COLLEGE 

Blue Ridge College and her patrons have been abundant- 
ly blessed by the week's Bible Institute which has just 
closed. It was declared by all to be one of the best of 
Its kind, both in spirit and attendance, in the history of 
our institution. This was evidenced especially in the clos- 
ing period which was devoted to gleanings, summarizing 
the good tluiigs of the week. 

Missions, Sunday-school work, ministerial and pastoral 
problems, church music, and New Testament ordinances 
were matters of major emphasis. Bro. F. H. Crumpacker 
gave a number of enthusiastic addresses, concerning mis- 
sions in general and the China field in particular. These 
were much appreciated by the students, to whom his ap- 
peal was especially directed. Bro. J. E. Miller spent two 
days with us, and discussed various Sunday-school prob- 
lems m his very interesting way. President J. S Flory 
of Bridgewatcr College, came as an exchange instructor 
from that institution, on the basis of fraternal relations 
He dealt largely with the Sunday-school scholar 
from the psychological view-point. President Bow-, 
man and Vice-President Bonsack, of Blue Ridge, 
conducted classes especially for ministers. Bro. Bow- 
man's lectures presented the historical and psychologic- 
al basis of our fundamental doctrines, while Bro. Bonsack 
discussed various ministerial problems. Each evening 
the audience became a singing class under the instruction 
of the Prmcipal of our Music Department, Prof. W Z 
Fletcher. Bro. B. F. Waltz, of Elk Lick, Pa., preached 
ten very helpful evangelistic sermons. 

On the last day of the Institute the forenoon was given 
over to a discussion of the problems peculiar to the runl 
church. The Student Volunteer Band rendered an en- 
thusiastic missionary program in the afternoon. 

It was one of the aims of the Institute to be of special 
value to ministers. President Bowman was so encouraged 
by the relatively large number of ministers present and 
their evident interest, that he expressed himself as being 
anxious to start right away in pi inning for another Insti- 
tute. We feel sure that he is going to plan even a bet- 
ter one, and are eagerly looking forward to next year 
New Windsor, Md., Jan. 22. Harold C, Miller. 



FROM ROANOKE, VIRGINIA 

Jan. 1 I boarded the train for Sebring, Fla. Owing to a 
wreck I reached my destination twenty-four hours late 
I found Sebring to be a beautiful place. I found a nice 
organized church. I met with such brethren as our re- 
tired editor, Bro. J. H. Moore, Bro. J. H. Garst and Bro 
Riley Peters, of Virginia, as elders. Bro. J. H. Kimmel 
Morrill, Kansas, and Bro Taylor Arnold, of Ccrro Gordo' 
III., are deacons. These brethren are working hard to 
advance the cause of Christ in this part of the vineyard. 
Here I found a neat, well-built churclihousc. I had the 
pleasure of attending the first Sunday-school. Our breth- 
ren should be congratulated for their success. They give 
God the praise, and are working cheerfully. When the 
Lord is with us and for us, who can be against us? All 
those thinking of going to Florida for the winter, should 
go to Sebring where they can have a nice church home. 
I am expecting a strong organization at Sebring in the 
near future. 

From here I went to Keuka, Fla., where we had an or- 
ganization twenty-five years ago. It was here I united 
with the church. I walked down to the water's edge 
where I received the rite of baptism by Bro. Sawyer, of 
Morrill, Kans., just twenty-five years ago. Bro. E J 
Neher was elder there at that time. I was glad to go back 
to see the sacred place, but sorry to find only one family 
of members there. The churchhousc has been well pre- 
served but is now a union church. W. P. Crumpacker. 
Roanoke, Va,, Jan. 21. 



DALEVILLE COLLEGE BIBLE TERM 
Another season of spiritual refreshing and inspiration 
came to the students, visiting patrons and friends of Dale- 
ville College during the Sunday-school Institute of the 
First and Southern Districts of Virginia and the week of 
the special Bible Term. The influence of such instruction 
and inspiration will live in the lives of many. To say 
the least, the horizon of our vision was widened, and 
more vividly than ever we see a big world for Christian 
service and great possibilities for the church. 

The Sunday-school Institute departed from the usual 
conventional idea, and instruction was given by Elders 
H. K. Ober, H. C. Early and T. S. Mohcrman. The change 
was most acceptable. The lectures were exceptionally 
practical and fitting to our needs. Space docs not permit 
special comment, yet we must refer to Bro. Ober's lecture 
on " Sunday-school Pedagogy " and most especially to his 
lecture on " Child's Rights," This we pronounce a master- 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 3, 1917 



piece. Every parent and teacher should hear and heed 
this practical lecture. 

A letter from Sister Rebecca Wampler, whom the Dis- 
tricts are supporting, was read and will be reprinted and 
mailed to all the schools of the two Districts. 

The presence of Eld. F. H. Crumpacker was much ap- 
preciated. He not only presented the conditions ancf 
needs of China, but gave a line of fundamental scriptural 
teaching, making mission work imperative in the lives of 
all Christian believers. 

Eld. H. C. Early, besides giving lectures on the prepa- 
ration and qualification of the ministry, engaged with us 
in evangelistic services during the week. Bro. Early's 
teaching and logical reasoning on these vital subjects was, 
as is always, much appreciated. Each day was filled with 
lectures and class instruction by members of the faculty. 

Bro. Early having been called home, Prof. J. M. Henry 
fitted well into the revival services, preaching five ap- 
pealing sermons. As a result of these revival efforts 
eighteen accepted Christ, fourteen of whom have received 
the rite of baptism. 

The character and spirit of the teaching during these 
sessions is reflected by the following gleanings: "The 
greatest thing in the world is love." Motto of the Church 
of the Brethren, "The whole Gospel for the whole world." 
"The light that shines farthest, shines brightest at home." 
" God first, family second, business last." " We are grow- 
ing faster than we think, from legalism into a deeper 
spirituality." "A man's reputation is what we think he 
weighs, without putting him on the scales." "The busi- 
ness of the church is to seek and to save the lost." 
Daleville, Va. ' C.'S. Ikenberry. 



WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON 
W« are in the midst of "the one thing needful,"— a 
Bible study class, with Bro. J. S. Zimmerman, of Bethany 
Bible School, Chicago, as instructor. I am moved to speak 
in behalf of this department of church work, since our 
brother is to visit several more of our churches in the 
District of Washington.. 

Of course, you know he is coming, but so is the busy 
season of the year, "and you may already have decided 
you can not attend. Do not decide now not to attend, or 
to be present at only a few sessions. Plan now to attend 
the first session aiid then you will be able to make a 
right decision. Of course you want a deeper spirituality. 
Here's your opportunity to get it. Our experience may be 
yours, in regard to attendance. Only six or eight signi- 
fied their intention to attend the day sessions, but, to our 
complete surprise, the attendance at day sessions ranges 
from twenty to thirty-five, and night sessions from fifty 
to about 100. -Some of our aged members, living at a 
distance, are visiting with those living near the church- 
house, which is intensifying the interest of the meeting. 
Most every one is becoming more earnest and feels the 
■need of being more aggressive in the Christian life. This 
school will be brought to your very door, and not to 
attend may mean a weakening if not the break of a 
link in church efficiency. Should we not arouse ourselves 
and direct our attention to this noble work, which may 
never be our privilege againi John R. Peters. 

Wenatchee, Wash., Jan. 19. 



A WORD FROM THE TIMBERVILLE ORPHANAGE 
Another year has rolled around, and the first month 
of the new year is nearly spent. The past year has brought 
much happiness to the Home. Here we meet so many 
different dispositions, and after careful study of each in- 
dividual, we are made to see something beautiful in each 
life. Our work through the year has been very pleasant. 
The Sisters' Aid Societies have been especially kind to 
the Home. Many organized Sunday-school classes have 
very kindly remembered the children. 

During the Christmas season, many gifts were received 
by the children from Brethren and friends. This made 
glad hearts and happy faces among our number. The 
givers will receive their reward from Another who has 
said: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least 
of these my brethren, you have done it unto me." Our 
number now is eighteen,— one a dear little baby boy, a 
synbeam in any home. We have had very little sickness 
and we count this a blessing with so many contagious 
diseases lurking in the neighborhood. We feel the need 
of God's hand in guiding us to do the right thing, in the 
right way, at the richt time. We ask an interest in the 
prayers of the BrotherhoodI » 

Mrs. W. J. Benner, Matron. 
Timberville, Va., Jan. 22. 



nted 



ign of the plague. Certainly we need 
to pray for Bro. Kaylof and for the doctor, that all may 
go well with both. 

Quincy Holsopple was Uken this evening with fever. 
We are not alarmed at fever, but we know this, that care 
must be taken at the proper time. He is hot this evening. 
His temperature is high. 

Dec. 1, Friday.-The love feast is set for this evening. 
Two groups of people came last night, fifteen in a group, 
and hungryl We gave food, and hope they were happy 
All day they keep coming, and we set the meeting for 
4:30 m the afternoon. Well, a good, old-fashioned love 
feast will do good to anybody. In the evening, at ex- 
ammation services, I asked several of our young men to 
speak,— men who are not preachers, but who will be, one 
of these days, I trust,— and they did it splendidly. Good 
results, too. 

The day's work ended late at night with several hours 
of hearty, whole-souled song service. About 200 com- 
muned, and ISO got supper apart from these. Altogether 
five had confessed sin, three of whom were allowed to 
commune. The confession of the other two was called 
into question somewhat, as to cause. The three had con- 
fessed voluntarily. There were several applicants for bap- 

De^. 3, Sunday.— Ten were baptized yesterday in tlie 
morning, and fifteen were told to wait till they understood 
better the import of what they were about to do. Of the 
ten, I think the four school-boys whose ages are about 
thirteen, have the brightest experience, and for them we 
naturally have the highest hopes. How important it is 
to start early in the way that leads to everlasting life I 

Quincy is getting on nicely. He hopes to go home to- 
day. We were glad to have him with us a bit, but sorry for 
the reason of it. He is all right. Should his fever come 
up again, upon his return home, our doors are always open 
to him, — so we have told him. 

Dec. 8, Friday.— Word comes that Bro. Kaylor is ap- 
parently not in danger any more, and we are glad. Plague 
used to attack only natives, we thought, but we have 
learned to know that the rest of us are not immune. 

It is a great joy to have a little company of new work- 
ers once again added to our fellowship list,— new work- 
ers fresh from the homeland, fresh from contact with the 
home churches. Surely, we are a long way off from that 
state where we can say that our want is now confined to 
native leaders, and that missionaries are no more neededl 
If missionaries are not needed, then mission money should 

Next week we hope to have the meeting of the Com- 
mittee at Anklesvar. All things are now in readiness.- 
beds and tables and chairs, and plans for the culinary de- 
partment. Most of this has been done by the women folk, 
—at least the directing of it. May the Lord biess the 
women! I sometimes think they are the greatest asset 
of the church. Wilbur Stover. 

Ankleshwer. India. 



Notes From Oar Correspondents 



> Jnn. 6, ncd stnyed 



Word with mucli i 
nttentlon. We reci 



Lord's vineyard 



ARKANSAS 

H. Argabriglit. of Fairvlew. Mo., came 
with us until Jan. 15. H* preached for 
rmoD^. Bro. Argabrlgbt proclfilnied I 



attendance and cood 
laions. One was ban- 
lastln? friends In this part of I 



good luipressioi 



Alpena Pass, Ark., Jan. 20. 
CALIFORNIA 
Frenno.— Bro. J. Hnrman Stover is again able to tnlte up his 
work, for which we are all thtintifiil. Bro. E. H, Eby wna with 
ii.s on Thiir.sday. Dee. 28, and again on Sunday, Dee. 31.' and gave 
us some very Interesting tallts on his work in India, Bro. D. h. 
.Miller was witli lis from Jnn. 3 to 7, and gave ua Bible Land 
T:ilks. On Sunday after preaching, one of our Sunday-school boys 
was baptized.— Miriam Hhoads. 1277 Glenn Avenue, Fresno, Cal.. 



DIARY LEAVES 

Nov, 26, Sunday. — Two weeks have passed since our even- 
ing meetings have begun. Several hai/e said they want 
to come to the fold, and several have confessed sin. One 
brother thinks he is going to die and, it seems, has there- 
fore confessed, but I do not think he will die. It will 
be good if he becomes dead to sin. 

Nov. 29.— Word has come that Bro. Kaylor has a bubo, 
and that Dr. Cottrell has gone to Vada to help out. There 
is plague in Vada, and all the people arc moving into 
shacks, to escape infection. Rats are dying, which is now 



His vigor is yet 
Clear, jan, uj ne 
rom memory twenty-nine verses out of n 

He avoids tlie popular, sentlmentnl ways of talking," and 
J up the soul with Bible precepts. Howwelcome his mes- 
nre to Ills listeners! Bro, E. H. Eby, in the interest of 
)n9, is expected to give us three services this week.— M. M. 
man. Troplco, Cal., Jnn. 22. 

FLORIDA 

adin. — The worjf of the church Is progressing nicely. Inter- 
id attendance are Increasing. Our Christian Workers' Meet- 
with twenty-five enrolled members, are aa inspiration to the 
! church. The young people's organized class has fifteen 
ers. of whom the majority are members of the chu»ch. We 
ooking forward, with anticipation and prayer, to Bro. 



Sebrlng. — At a members' meeting, a few < 
decided to put an addition to our new church, to be used f 
Sunday-school purposes. Our services are well attended. Ln 
Sunday, Bro. P. S. Miller, of Roanoke, Va., preached for us 
the morning, and Bro. Jos. M. Kagey, of Dayton, same State, 
ihe evening. They are to fill the pulpit the coming Lord's Da 
Recently Bro. D. Owen Cottrell, of North Manchester, Tnd., ga 
our people a very acceptable sermon. He is here visiting li 
father. Bro, Ell M. Cottrell. who haS been anfferlng with hea 
trouble, and other complications, for several weeks. About oi 
week ago he called for the elders and was anointed. The day v 



S. G. Bucher. presiding. Ou 



ILLINOIS 

in council Jan. 13. with our elder, Bro. 
„ Eshelman, 



lave regular services. Our Sabbath 

Bro. ShafTer as Superintendent. Sister 

rkers' president. Bro. J. W, 

Our love feaat 



Fay McVay Is our Christian 
Lenr ^preached forua on the follo' 

Frye, 408 North Main St ree^ Canton' 

;air was somewhat depleted on Sunday, 
Mni«n H !»., . . w**"* ^"^'^' '^'•'''K Blbla Institute work: 

unien B. Royer went to Mount Morris to attend the funeral of 
Ms lamented father. J. G. Royer; and J. H. B. WiiUnma took 
■.!I»t«,n 1. o" the eve of starting on a visiting tour of the 

klifrt .Ml ^"'.1 Improved. Much aicknesB of 



been with this ■ „ __ ^ 

|i»t8 are being made to reelect hfm for slx\ 
' '' '~ " 1 superintendent. Our 



uld be possible i 



oinpnlgn last fall I 

erect a parsonage. We are 

:, and that the building, 

basement and porches, la 

or occupancy about March 

ork, and general manage- 

r etQclent and worthy 



renewed their consecration 

one gjve hia soul to the Master. "tuVc... ...„« „ 

?30.— Mnrgiiedte Landon, Liberty, III,. Jnn. 23. 

church nt this place met In tUelr boalnesa 



pledged their service, while 
"'•- 1 offering i 



Mount J 
meeting j 

, ml [[.^".nB"^"",,"" ",'".',"' "" '"' "' Dscembcr. Will, ElS 1,; p' 
and the cooperation of the membe-'- • — — .-.._._. .. . f 

a most successful year in our chi 
Long, Mount Morris, Illinois, Juu, 



■ elder, Bro. M. M. Sherrlck, presiding. 



> looking forward I 



work,— Mrs. Anna Trestle 



icil Mondny evening. Jan. 8. with 
^'ranUlIn Grove, presiding. Church 

ng year. Onr series of meetings. 

ary, was recalled on accouDt of 

city ( 



ofilcers were elected ( 

which was to be hold fti Fe 

union revivals to be held in (.„. „., „^ _ 

granted.— Alice M. Suter, 1201 Seventh 

Jan, 20. -. . 

INDIANA 

TlSv"^;:;;^; «? ^^y ^' °1**'® institute, conducted by Bro. J. Edson 
ThJ^;..f ^ ^'''**°'/''''.^*' °° Wednesday evening of this week. 
The interest was good and the attendance averaged about eighty, 
ring bis short stay 






three eplei 



On the evening of tha last 
1 expecting Bro. Isaac 



Wo all enjoyed his wo 
session he was given a unanlmoL., ...„ 
Bible Institute again next winter. We 

It. Beery, of Lanark. III., to be with ul. .,..„... *„. uo «»b 

the coming Sunday, Jan. 28.— Fanny Myer, Flora, Ind., Jan. 20. 
Klllbuck.— Jan. fl Bro. 10. 0. Norrls, of luKalU Ind com 
menced a series of meetings In " • . ^ "-. 

mice was small, but t 
the Word earnestly and with 

f„Tf!''*"f,'i' and encouraged to press on. The meetings "closed 

ind" Jon 20 ^ '"terest.- H. Ifl. Mlllspaugh, R. D. 12, Muncie, 

Logonsport.- At the yesterday morning service two young 



jvlval meeting.- Mrs. Gertrude Oberlln, Loganeport, Ind., Jan. 

ri?"^.^*^!?"'"'"?"^ elder, Bro. Roof, preached for us yeaterday. 
> not many present. 



( greatly interested, and the prospect here is good for a 
)rk to be done. There la generally much sickness at this 
the year, which Is a great hindrance to the work. The 
ire eager to hear the Word. Bro. Holder preached a 
rmon for us Dec. 5.— Florida J. B. Green, Mlddletown, 



began remodeling It. Owing t 
before w« can holi 
Is beginning the 
of |0.'I3 was token 
sister has been re 
: last report.— Grace Walker, It. D. JO, Lincoln, Ind.,' 



Jan, 7, and labored i 
He preached the Word with ] 
much strengthened. Two were made willing to accept Chriat, and 
one aged grandfather was reclaimed. We feel that others were 
made to feel the need of a Savior. Sister Edith Fletcher led the 
song services, which were indeed a great help In the meeting's. 
At our December council Bro. Floyd Leeper was called to the 
J duly Installed after our morn- 



ait, Bourbon, Ind., Dec. 22, 



the China field.- Aim 



• God, and i 

giving we are robbing 

offering for missions. 



f pledges of self n 



Bro. C. M. Wenger am 
r the winter. There 
I forbids. — the 



] local work were nil remembered. Glad hearts 
home where the mother has been afflicted for 
raiysis. Beginning with the new year, regular 
id praise services have been renewed, and a 
lass begun. The Lord bus been good to us. — 



i of meetings, conducted by Bro. Kerule Eikenbei 



it.— J. H. Moore, Sebrlng, Fla., Jan. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 3, 191? 



Sisters' Aid Societies 

(Concluded from Page 71) 
\TrIter. Secretary and Treasurer, — Mrs. ^ 
15. 

J.— The following Is I 



hing to Grand Rapids, and < 



; held fourteen all-day meetings, 



Chicago. We donated 



Assistant Secretary. — Mrs. 
Mlddlebury, lod., Jen. le. 
MISSISSINEWA, 1>'».— Tlie following is the report of 



made 116 garments, twelve sheets, four 
comforts, and quilted three qiiilte 
^2.46, and have a balance of $19.2: 
work. Our President for the coming 
neroan, and the writer. Secret ary-Trei 
ney, Ohio, Jan. 18. 

SOUTH DEND, UJD.— Report 






prnyer-coverings, 

Eighty-seven pounds of rags were donated 
• made Into rugs. We made and donated 
li Manchester College; (S to Bro. Helm f 
church for carpet. Thanksgiving 



Comforters and quilts made. 



garments, eighty- girllio' 



S. Sherck, lo, leaving n balance of fU.20 in 



for 1017 : 
Sister 1 



follows : 



Society for 1916: During 



^ ._ _ , _ . held about thirty-four 

(mostly afternoon) meetings with an average attendance of near- 
ly six. We knotted about sixteen comforts, qnllted one quilt, gave 
— ■■ '- . garments, pieced 



I put out garden for a sister i 



r Memorial Fund; fH t 



Vice-President; Sister Bertha Price, Secre- 
tary; Sister Pcnrl Jackson, Assistant Secretary; Sister Leta Bar- 
ber, Treasurer; the writer. Corresponding Secretary. Slater 
Kreighbaum has served faithfully ns President of the Aid for 
seventeen years.— Louie Good Austin, 1315 Lincoln Way East, 
South Bend, Ind., Jan. 15. 

UNITV. TA.— The following is the report o 
met nineteen times during the ye 
sixteen, and nn average attendam 
ginning of the year we had In the treasury $6.1 



, with 1 



: Aid Society. We 



We received 

ollection, 70 

received $27.03; for L goods, 



follows: President, Sister Amanda Miller; Vice- 
Kate Studehaker; Secretary and Treusu; 
son; Superintendent, 



during the year by collections, $15. 

cents plus. For work done we : 

$20,08; for cap goods, $10.13; for sample pieces, $21.02; mlscella 

: For sewing material, $42.24; for L 



Plerson; Assistant Superln- 
Ella McKlnley.— Alice B. UUler, Ex-Secretary and 
Gaston, Ind., Jan. 12. 

IND.— Report of our Aid Society for the year 
ending Dec. 30, 1016. is as follows: Thirty balf-day meetings were 
held, with a total attendance of 270; a^'crage attendance, nine. We 
have an enrollment of twenty-three members. Received from free 
wUl offerings, $12.25; for articles sold, $17.55; total receipts, $29.- 
SO. Paid for material, $30.61. One saclc of clothing was sent to 
Chicago Mission. Clothing, bedding, and f 
,nd needy i " 



$19.40. Officers chosen 1 
dent, Laura Appleman 



, valued at $23. Money In treasury, 
be new year are as follows: Presl- 
j-PrcBldent, Lucinda Ecker; Super- 
intendent, Mary Mllier; Assistant Superintendent, Lizzie Boone; 
Flower Committee, EUa Brown and Ann Pfelfler; Secretary and 
Treasurer, the writer. — Rosa Miller, Nappanee, Ind., Jan. 20. 

NETTtE CRE£K, IND. — Our Aid Society organized Feb. IB, 
1916. So far we have had sixteen meetings. The average attend- 
iince was twelve; total attendance, 107; average donation, 41 cents; 
total donation, $0.56. We furnished two sale dinners and re- 
ceived $40; six meals for election board, $46.80; made and sold 
one comfort, eight garments; donated one day's work. For the 
year's work we received $117.92. We paid $25 for missionary 



$57. 



Total I 



We reorganized Jan. 



: paid out, $00.32; 



1017, 1 



I follows: 



Jon. 11. 

NOBBISTOWN, : 

Sewing I 



to the needy of our community. We also gave $45 to the pastor's 
fund. Amount received during the year, $157.33; expenses, $131.- 
86; balance at the close of 1915, $58.01; balance at the present 
date, $83.48. The officers for 1017 are as follows: President, Sister 



—Maud Harrison, 



ings, $18.09; articles sold, $18.30; received for work, $11; 
daring the year. $48.45; expenditures, $22,90. We gave our elder 
and wife $20; gave $5 to Lydla E. Taylor for Nellie Morgan; sent 
$5 to the Brethren Publishing Bouse for the sufferers In Europe; 
sent Bro. Helm $1 to be used In the Thomasville, Qa., mission; 
sent a sack of clothing to Grand Rapids Mission; at Christmas 
sent a box of provisions to Grand Rapids Mission, the church 
and community helping; gave three days' work, gave away two 
comforters, sold seven, and have two on band. Money In treas- 
ury, $10.02. Jan. II the following officers were reelected: Mary 
Scbrock, President; Mary Artley. Vice-President; Angle Hassan, 
Superintendent of Work; Delia Fisher, Secretary and Treasurer; 
Urpha Mishler, Assistant. — Mrs. Delia Fisher, Secretary, Mlddle- 



^etings, with an average attend- 
ance of eight. Total oOerlngs received, $14.17; average offering, 
(77 cents; birthday offerings received, $2.45; received for articles 
sold, $21.30; received for work done, $10.^. We Served dinner at 
two public sales, by which we cleared $30.11. We received cash 
donations to the amount of $11.57; total amount of money received, 
$99.45. At the beginning of the year we bad $7.26 In the treasury. 
We also bad on hand two gingham aprons, seven clothes-pin 
comforter quilt, and seven yards of gingham. 






: the 



(which 

iions, which were donated, 
sion in Chicago, to help w 



sister in Cincinnati), 
L worker In Georgia. 



- 100 pieces, and i 



I church; bought i 



) St. Joseph; served I 



! fo^ a Sunday-school i 

1 $100 to Mary Qulnter Memo. 



following officers c 



; Secretary and Treasurer, I 
, program committee, and devotloni 



We held twenty-five meetings, with i 



receipts, $7.77; total receipts, $115.13. Expenditures 

Thomas for general Aid Societies, 25 

" ■ y at Bridgewater Col- 

for Old Folks' Home, $3; for Orphanage, $8.31; for 



■ Martha Brim- for a brother ond sister, $10.75 



Orphanni 
. for love feast occoslons, $10; for the wife of a 
>ld a meeting for us, $1.08; miscellaneous, $2.17. 



irlng the year, $103.51. Amount in the treasury at the close 
of the year, $U.52. We continue with the same officers for 1017. 
-Esther Zlgler, Secretary, Broadway, Va., Jon. 17. 

IVESX EEL BIVEB, IND.— The Sisters' Aid Society of this 
church reorganized for 1017 with the following officers: Sister 
Rebecca Montel, President; Sister Lizzie Perry, Vice-President 
and Treasurer; Sister Iva Montel, Secretary. During 1916 the 
society held eleven ail-day meetings, with a total attendance 



175. The 1 



consisted of ma)!ine garments and bed clothing. 



[ Conference 



five thimbles. Forty-two garments, two co 

wore given to the needy of our community, i 

Mission of Chicago, 111. We gave $15 in tl 

offering; $10 to Georgia; $10 to our eider; $7 to a sister whose 

house burned; $5 to the Logansport church; $5 to a lady who 

rendered her 'service to a family; $2.50 to a brother and sister. 

This, plus expenses, $17.11. from $12.62 offering, and $13.80 : 



ceived from the 



ale ( 



I 1915, leaves $30.16 in the t 
' Lake, Ind., Jan. 15. 



irttcles and sewing i 



FALLEN ASLEEP 



the dead wblcb < 



He Is survived by his parents, four bisters and three brothers. . 
Services at the Sunny Slope church, by Eld. A. B. Peters, assisted 
by Eld. J. J. Fllbrun and the writer. Text, Mark 10: 13-10.- 
Walter Brunton, Wenntchee, Wash, 

Horner, Bro. John J., died near HooversVllle, Pa„ Jan. II, 
1917, aged 01 years, 6 months and 9 days. Services in the Lu- 
: JenncrvlUe, by the writer. — P. J. Blough, Eoo- 



, died Jan. 8, 1917, at his hon 
years, 1 month and 13 days. Two Sons preceded liLin. He Is 
survived by his wife, who before marriage wns Sislfr Eli/n 
Spitacr. Services at Bethel church, by Brethren C. E. Nalr find 
I. N. Zlglcr. Interment In the Llnville Creek cemetery. — Irving 
W. Nalr, Broadway, Va. 

Howard, Sophia Adams, wife of Eld. I. J. Howard, daughter 
of Peter and Celia Moomaw, horn near BournevUIe, Ross Co., 
Ohio, Sept. 15, 1835,. died Jan. 11, 1917, aged 81 years, 3 months 
and 26 days. She was married to Isaiah J. Howard, Dec, 24, 
185G. Mr. and Mrs. Howard celebrated their sixtieth wedding an- 
niversary at their home last Christmas Eve. That was the last 
time Mrs. Howard was able to be at the table. Mr. and Mrs. 
Howard united with the Church of the Brethren In ISTtO, of which 
they have ever been faithful and earnest workers. In 1885 they 
came to Indiana, settling on a farm in Delaware County, near 
I they moved to Hartford City, 



charge of Eld, Joseph Spitzer, assisted by Rev. Sheldon, of the 
Presbyterian church. The body was laid to rest in the Van Buren 
cemetery. — Adie Kemp, Hartford City, Ind. 

Howdyshell, Bro. James, died of a complication of diseases, in 
the Sangervllle congregation, Va.. Jan. 8, 1917, aged 63 years, 3 
months and 16 days. He was a member of the Church of the 
Brethren for a number of years. He is survived by his wife, two 
sons and four daughters, two sons having preceded him. He 
was a patient sufferer for many years. Services at the Emanuel 
churchhouse, by Bro. J. W. Hess. Text, Job 14: 14. Interment 
in the cemetery near by,— Meda M. Garber, Bridgewater, Va. 

Knlp, Esther Ruth, daughter of Bro. Wm. K. and Sister Alma 
H. Kulp, of Mechanicsburg, born Nov. 10, 1015, died Dec. 27, 1016, 
of niemngltls, while on a visit with her parents at Ellzabeth- 



Ellzabethtown 



bright and lovable child, 
brother. Interment In the 
metery. — Mary Keeny Stouffer, Mechanicsburg, 



Ball, Mary, born ) 
Mo.. Jan. 18. 1917, aged" 



. 7 months and 13 days. She 



• MiSE 



rith 



her two children, she was married to Elijah D. Bali, and 
more children were added to the family, one of whom died In 
youth. She united with the Church of the Brethren in 1876. and 
was faithful until death. Services at Leeton. by the writer. Text, 
2 Cor. C: 1, 2. Hurlal in Mineral Creek cemetery. — D. L. Mohler, 
Lteton, Mo. 

Basey, Dora Bell, wife of Jonas Basey, died Dec. 20, 1016, aged 
34 years, 3 months and 27 days. Services by the writer. Text, 

I Hocking 
County, Ohio, Sept. II, 1810, died at his home in Bremen, Ohio, 



their father to the home beyond, in early childhood. He I 
vived by his companion, tive children, three sisters and one 
brother. Jn 1877 he and his wife united with the Church of the 
Bretliren. He remained faithful In the Lord's service, until tfie 
last. Services by Eld. D. P. Koch, of Pioneer, Ohio, assisted by 
the writer, at Lick Creek church. Interment in Brown cemetery, 
two miles northwest of Bryan, Ohio. — Geo. W. Sellers, Bryan, 



Martin. Bro. C. E., bori 



, Ind., Aug. 21, 1805, 
Ikhai ' - - 

} and 10 days 



Jan. 10, 1037. aged 51 years 

ried to Lydla Martin, and t( 

preceded him. In 1907 they moved to Limon, Colo. In May, 1916, 

his hirolth began to fall and he came back to Elkhart County, for 
, but all to no avail. He leaves his wife, ten children, 
roe brothers and one sister. Services by the writer and 



, B. church.— E. B. Bagwell, Bremen, Ohio. 

Booth, Bro. Asa, died of bronchial pneumonia, at the Old. Folks' 

ome of the Church of the Brethren, Jan. 12, 1917, oged 85 years, two' daughters 

e has been a member of the Home since April 30, 3014, He is family circle ' 



jorn near the old Mil! 
highly esteemed, April 



Brother and Sister Miller i 



. River cemetery, — Martha A. Hodges, R, D, 7, Marshalltown, 



in Iowa River cemetery. 



Marshall County, 
June 20, 1894, died near Burr Oak, Kans,, Dec. 24, 1016, aged 22 
years, 4 months and 6 days, Mrs. Carter met death in a very 
painful manner, succumbing early on Sunday morning, after 
hours of agony from burning. Saturday morning, her hubband 



5 her husband i 



in this office i 



Mission Board : 



useful. He also served as a member of 



where he had been a regular worshi 



ardson home, a few hundred yards av 
working. Her screaming attracted I 



1 nearly her entire person, the flesh, in 
risp. After suffering for 'several hours, 
her pain. Brother and Sister Carter 
'ew months. Her death Is a hcart-break- 



ars. Funeral largely 
attended. Funeral text, 1 Thess. 4: 14.— H. C. Early, Penn Laird, 
Va. 

six miles northwest 
In Elkhart. Jan, 15, 
1917, At the age of two years, he moved with his parents to 
Harrison Township, having been a resident ever since. He wos 
married to Miss Mary Stutsman Dec. 29. 1859. In 1808 they moved 
to a farm near Dunlap on the Goshen and Elkhart road, where 
they lived until six years ago last November, at which time he 
moved to his iwesent location. He Is survived by a wife, alx 
children and two sisters. He was a member of the Church of 
the Brethren.— Mrs. M. B. Stuck, Elkhart, Ind. 

Pepple, Bro. Albert, son of William and Rebecca Pepple, born 
in Columbiana Co., Ohio, Nov. 19. 1840. His parents moved to 
DeKalb Co., Ind,. when he was four years old. where he grew 
to manhood. With the exception of two years, spent In Elk- 
hart County, Ind.. he resided 1 



1 church In Bun 



nty, Ohio. April 12, 1841. died Jan. 13. 3017. aged ' 



•ascd united with I 



daugliters. Fo 



mrriage, was blessed with three 

■ more than three years he had 

■ new year he failed rapidly until 
yenrs, 1 month and 28 days. He 

IS, tlirpc daupliters, one «dopted 



Interment In the Shutt cemetery.- 



, assisted by Bro. W. 



Shepfer, Sugarcreek, 



Edwards, Bro. Llnly M., born In Henry County, Iowa, Feb. 27, 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 3, 1917 



\ 



Lydia Miller Dec. 15, 18«. This uoioa was 
and silt daughters. The wUe. two sons a: 
ceded him. He leaves seven children, one 
ers. He united with the Church of the Br 
years ago. Services at Prices Creek cluirch, 
necker. Text, Amos 4: 12. Interment In \ 
— Ruth Mack, R, D. 2, Covington, Ohio. 
Ffelfer, Adam, sou of Adam niid Marv 
water Junction, Ohio, April 5, 1852, died ' 
years, 8 months and f 



is, Dec. 24, 1874. To I 



i him. Bro. Pfeifer apd his wife united with 



, Ohio, from its ( 



the deacon's olllce in the Salci 
ber of the Sllsslon Board of Southern Ohio In 1805, and served 
twenty years. He also served i 
Trustees of the Brethren Home, ii 
ganlzntlon in 1002. The family hn; 
twenty-three years, all of which t 
. of the important 



, Bright, Jesse i 



—Gertrude Oaks, W 


St Milton, 


lo. 








Price 


Sister Elizabeth Stover, 


orn near Waynesb 




Pa., Feb. 


4, 1841 


died Dec. 3( 


1016, aged 










She wi 


3 married tc 


A. E. Price 


Jan. 30, 1802. 


She 






eight y 


■ors of her n 


irrled life ii 




Shp « 






ent me 


mber of the 


Church of tl 


e Brethren, a 




in 


of kindly 



husband, three sons, three daught( 

at the home, by Eld, 0. R. OelUg, assisted by Eld. M. A, Jacobs. 

Text, 2 Cor. 4, 5. Interment in Green Hill cemetery. — Jessie De- 

lorn near Dayton, Ohio, June 0, 1827, died 
in. 8, 1917. aged 80 years, months and 20 
■ungest of a family of nine children. In 



County. He was married in 1846 to Susannah Spidle, who died 
in 1804. To this union were born ten children, seven of whom sur- 
vive. His father was a minister of the Church of the Brethren. 
, Jacob came into the church In early life and lived a consistent 
member for more than seventy years. He served the church in 
the (iapacity of deacon for many years. For the last Ave years lie 
■waa blind, yet he was a shining light to those about him. Serv- 



Rhoads, born Feb. 0, 1015, died Dec. 

' ~ ' aged 1 year, 

, by Bro. J. Will Shively. Text, 2 i 



N. Dak., aged 



[nonths and 21 



Upton, Pa., Nov. 12, 1844, died Jan. 10, 1017, aged 72 years, I 
months and 27 days. He had been a member of the Church o 
the Brethren for a number of years. His wife survives him 
Services at the Coal Creek church, by Bro, D. E. Eshelman. Text 
Job 14: 14, 10. Burial in the cemetery near by.— Kate Frye 
Canton, 111. 
Royer, Harrlst 



, Stephenson County, III. 



1017, at the age of C 
~!ro. Koyer c 
> bomesteaded I 



I Jewell County, : 



,nd 5 days. When i 



n-hlch he lived until death, 
1875, he married Isabelle Beanblossom, Six children were 
' them. One died in infancy. He leaves a wife and IIve 



children. Services by 
Oak, Jan. 11.— I. B. Wa 



pet re Cave, 



'w. V 



, 1017, just 1 



aged M 

e near th 

here only 



He moved, : 

of ntteodlnL 

Thompson leaves a wife, Slster'Hnn 

been a member of the church for about thirty years. Intt 

in the Bethel cemetery. Services by the writer. Text, Pi 

4, 0.— W. H. Byer, Saltpetre Cave. Va. 
Vlrlch, Anna, daughter of William and Martha Main, bon 
, 1845, In Henry County, Ind., died near HagerstowUj Ind 



I8G2 she, with her husband, united witi 
ren, fn which she continued faithful iin 
quite ill she called for the elders of th 
anointing. Services at the Maple Gr( 
Teeter, assisted by Eld. A. Bowinai 



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gs. March 3, 18S1. she 
. C. Wolfinger. Her husband, three daughters, 



Harrison. The deceased i 
—Mrs. S. P. Berkebile, R. D. 



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Notes from Our Correspondents 



Lancaster.— Jan. 10 we met In council. Our elder, Bro. H. B. 
Yoder, presided. One certificate of memberBhlp was granted. 
Our pastor, Eld. H. B. Toder, gave the report of his work for the 
year 1016 as follows: Received twenty-three members by letter, 
baptized four, granted nineteen letters of membership, Hve were 



■ailed from U8 by i 



weddings, preached 



1U17, which resulted In the reSlectlOQ of all old officers, with Bro. 

hold a series of meetings In the full, Bro. Howe to secure an 
evangelist. Our Sunday-school superintendents for this year are: 
Senior, Bro. J. M. Ouagey; Intermediate, Bro. Ilenry Shultzi Pri- 
mary. Sister Martha Shu Itz.— Moll le Blttner, 323 F^oat Street, 
Meycrsdale, Pa., Jan. ID. 
Bed Bank church met in council Dec. 16, our pastor, Bro. B. 



tine's wife, who were not present. Elders present were our older. 
Bro. Emery Flscel, of Yale, and Bro. Moses Deardorff, of Yale, 
who conducted the election. Sister Ora Gnngey Fisher was 
chosen Sunday-school superintendent, Wa had an all-day meet- 



1 baskets, and ^ 



busy day. All brought ^ 



and better work.— Martha J. Elkenberry, Oowrie, Iowa, Jan. 2i( 
Yale. — The church, Sunday-school and Christian Workers' So- 
ciety at this place are moving along nicely, in spite of the fact 
that a great deal of sickness and Inclement weather Interferes. 
Last Sunday evening Bro. C. E. Lookingblll, of Nevada, Iowa, 
gave us a splendid address. On the morning of Jan. 21 Bro, Earl 
Ueardorff delivered his first sermon for this place, he having 
preached In Bagley before this morning. His talk was an Inspi- 
ration.— Allla LookingbUl Ott, Yale, Iowa, Jan. 21. 

KANSAS 
ArmoardBle Mlsilon has just had a much needed two weeks' 
series of meetings, conducted by Eld. B. D. Steward. We were 
well pleased by Bro. Steward's efTorts and by I 



lally and spiritually, — Grace Shumaker, K. D. ti. New Bethlehem, 
a., Jan. 22. 

Upper Cumberland church met in council at Huntsdale, Pu., 
Eld. S. M. Stouffer presiding. The Sabbath-scliool 



Wo closed a series of meetings at the Huntsdale hoi 
These meetings were conducted by Bro. Stearmao, of Honey 
Grove. He preached thirteen sermons, presenting the Gospel in 
its purity and with power. The attendance was good, and lasting 
impressions were made.— A. A. Evans, R. D. 5, Carlisle, Pa., 



New officers were elected for S 
Society. — Frances Utter, 



Our council was held Jan 

South Mill, Kansas City, Kans., J 

Cordeo CUy. — We have Just passed through a very interesting 
series of meetings, conducted by Brother and Slater Austin, of 
MePherson, Kane. They cama to us Jan. 3, and the meetings 
eontlnued until Jan. 21. Bro. Austin preached. In all, twenty- 
two able sermons. He Is a forcible and pleasant speaker, devel- 
oping his sermons into reality. Sister Austin very ably conduct- 
ed the song service, which wos Interspersed with solos. Quartets, night, and Bro. S. E. Hy 
etc. Her pleasing manner in handling this port of thi 



I baptized. This congregation has the promise of Br( 



Burke Fork church met in council Jan. 20, with Bro. Austin 

Hylton presiding. Brethren A. Uylton and Joel Weddle gave 

some Interesting talks. Two confessed Christ and will be bap- 

~ o letters of membership were granted. 



preached a good 



) day following. — Clemm 



Saturday 
reacueti an interesting sermon on 
Hylton, R. D. 2, Floyd, Va., Jan. 



, Peters, of Manvel, Texas. He preached t 



) fan 



I. J. Culler, Clerk, MePherson, Kans., Jan. 22. 
MICHIGAN 
SaeinAw. — Bro. D. E. Sower, of Scottvllle, labored tamestly 

baptized. 






lult three, 



as we have been without a resident minister for nearly a year.— 
Mrs. Myrtle French, Elsie, Mich., Jan. 17. 

MISSOURI 

Sprlnr Branch church met In council Jan. 13, with our elder, 
Bro. L. B. Ibrlg, presiding. Evert Ihrig 1 






I Series of meetings in August, provided i 



Ashland City church 
January, in members' meeting. A fair represeatatiOD ' 



' Sunday- 
We have 



'ch, last Sunday, wa^ favored with a visit by 
I deeply interested 



Va., Jan. 21. 

Oakton church met In council Jan. 13, our elder, Bro. E. E. 
Blough, presiding. The Temperance, Educational and Evangelistic 
Committees were appointed. Two papers were sent to District 
Meeting. Ou Sunday morning following, the Sunday-scho'ol offi- 
cers, teachers and assistants, were installed. Following the in- 
stallation service, a large audience listened very attentively to 
an inspiring sermon delivered by Bro. Blough.— Anna E. Flohr, 
Vienna, Va., Jan. ID. 

Bowland Creek. — Jan. 20 was the time for our church council, 
- that the elder In charge of our congregatiou 



There 
rainy.— Nancy J. Suit, Seven Mile Ford, Va., Jan. 22. 

Cnlty church met In councU at the Bethel house Jan. 13. Bro. 
Joseph Shlckle, of Roanoke, Va., was present. Eld. J. S. Roller 
presided. Brethren J. F. Flory, Russel E. Mason, and W. A. 
Myers were elected delegates for District Meeting, and Bro. C. 
B. Nair for Annual Meeting. One letter was granted and one re- 
ceived. The report on membership, resident members, letters is- 
1 by death, and members received by 



The pastor, Bro. Quincy Leckrone, outlined in I 
plans for further organization of the working forces of t 
church. The church In Ashland has a large deld, which seei 
aggressive work. The Sunday -'school has started 






nthty meeting li 



I bright outlook. The 



Ing. Bro. G. A. Cassell ^ 



-Irving W. Nair, Broadwuy,-^ Va 
WASHINGTON 
Majestic Flat.— Bro. J. H. Graybill, of Nai 
us Jaa. 21, preaching eight splendid Gospel 



r the preceding j 
, devoted to the study 






, Ohio, Jan. 24. 

PENNSYLVANIA 

iQvllle church enjoyed a series of fifteen sermons, preached by 
Michael Kurtz, of Richland. Pa. The meetings closed Jan. 21. 
. 10 Bro. Frank Carper will open a series of meetlDga at the 



of Meyersdale, Pa., 

His forceful sermons were well received, as was attested by the 
large crowds which gathered from night to night. On several 
occasions the houae was packed from pulpit to door. Bro. Clapper 
won many friends during his stay among us. He visited in 
about seventy homes and endeared himself to many. Our con- 
gregation has been greatly strengthened and encouraged. Fif- 
teen accepted Christ. Six have already been baptized. The 
other nine await the rite. Bro. Clapper closed hU services Sun- 
day morning, Jan. 21, preaching twenty-seven sermons in all. 
n the evening of the same day he began eervlcea at the Rouser- 
State.— J. D. Wilson, R. D. 4, Grcencastle, 



Wash., Jon. 

WEST VIRGINIA 

Rlner, of Mlnden, W. Va., came 
d preached two very inspir- 



The 



Saturday, Jon. 

tlve sermons, one on Saturday night at 8 o' 

M. The congregations were large ai 



County, W. Vs., Jan. 22, 
Wlilte Pine (Bethel Church>.— Since the whooping cough ha< 

W6n\'io'^reorSzId''our^SunL^?'*''J^^ 

superintendent. The Brethren of th 

have purchased the Bethel churchhou 

. people. We are hoping to have a series of meeti 
inounced later.— H, 



ngregatlon 



sometime In the spring, which 



vllle church, 
Pa.. Jan. 23, 

Codoma (Fairvlew House).— Jan 
officers with Bro. Howard ~ 
the Fairvlew bouse by an overheated 

the bnUdlng. The loss, estimated at 1500. Is covered by 
ance.— Paul Godfrey, R. D. C, York, Pa., Jon. 23. 

Johnstown congregation met In council at the Walnut Grove 
rshbtrger presiding. Bro. Harsh- 



of the service, Bro. James W. Pyoek, of Toledo, Ohio ....„ „„- 
vanced to the second degree of the ministry. Our pastor Eld 
M. Clyde Horst. officiated In this service. We were glad to have 



Coffman, Flats, W. Va., Jan. 

NOTES NOT CLASSIFIED 

H. H. Eby described India's needs 
that the Spirit of Grace 
Vhlle listening, our tears could scarcely be 
i poverty, the igno 



e quickenei 



luperetltions, and the Idolatry of millloni 



ived? We 



louls, ju 



itlng . 



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dfitloa and love for i 



■ pastor, Bro. W. 



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the Islands of the sea are God's ..„^„ „. .....„s 

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us very acceptable and helpful sermons. We have secured his 
services till June. For four months we were without preaching, 
out In spile of that the attendance at Sunday-school and Chris- 
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band of people, and we hope to have some minister come to us 
next fall. Lately our Sunday-school hna sent twenty-flve dollars 
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Vol 66 



In This Number 

Edttorlnl,-. 

What Is His Name Now ? 

The Standing Challenge oC Christianity, 



Are You Worried About Something? 



The Spirit in Prayer. By S. Z. Sharp, . 

How We May Help. By Nora B. Berkebile, '..'.'"."" 

Living for Something. By Walter A. Grosh 

Saving Our Children to tlie Church. By D. F. Lenlev 

"Slip One On." By J. S. Gnbel, l j. ... 

The Spirit of Christ. By J. D. Haughtelin 

le Round Table, — 

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How She Practiced Verse-memorizing. By Louisa A'hmuty 

Opportunrtiesfor Teaching Peace! " By H.' Spenser" Minnicii', 



Knowing. By Paul Mohler, 
Homo and Family, — 

Jesue the Light and Life of Men (Poem). By Jas A Sell 
The Backwoods Boyhood of Lincoln. By Elizabeth d! 



...BDITORIAU,... 



What Is His Name Now? 

When Robert E. Speer, once publicly reading from 
the first chapter of John, came to the sixth verse, he 
read : " There was a man sent from God, whose name 

was ," and paused. Then looking up, he added 

the name of one of the congregation before him. He 
read the verse again, substituting the name of another 
of his hearers. He repeated the process several times. 
Can you imagine the effect ? Do you see how the sense 
of personal responsibility to God must have burned in 
the hearts of that audience.' 

Suppose you try reading that verse with your name 
in it. Wouldit be true? Not? Where did you come 
from then ? What other possibility are you willing to 
admit ? 

Are you ready now to read on? " The same came 
for a witness, to bear witness of the Light." Is it be- 
cause of these words that your name would not fit in 
tliis passage? What is your business, brother? If 
these things can not be as truthfully said of you as of 
him, concerning whom they were actually spoken, the 
reason is not that his name was John, while yours is 
George or Henry or William. Neither is it that your 
commission is less truly divine than his. It is only be- 
cause you have refused to accept the trust which God 
reposed in you. 

"A man sent from God"? Yes, millions of him. 
To find out his present name, look in the family record 
page of the old family Bible. To find out whether he 
is doing what he was sent for, look first at John one 
seven, and then at your own life. 



The Standing Challenge of Christianity 

Philip's answer to Nathanael's question about the 
possibility of good from such an unlikely source as 
Nazareth, is the standing challenge of the true and 
good. The false and cheap look better from a distance. 
Shams shrink from close acquaintance. They depend 
on first impressions, gathered from appearances or 
hearsay. But the genuine and honest are not merely 
willing, they are eager, for the most rigid scrutiny. In- 
vestigation is their best advertisement. 

Suppose Nathanael, like us so often, had taken coun- 
sel of Tiis prejudices rather than of his reason, and had 
refused to " Come and see." What he would have 
missed! How much of life's best do we miss, think 
you, because our prejudices hinder us from giving due 
heed to the claims of truth from unexpected sources ? 
And of what is this more true than of the claims of 



Elgin, 111., February 10, 1917 



No. 6 



Christianity and Christ? Philip's challenge to Na- 
thanael is the challenge of Jesus Christ today. But 
" come and see " means more than a supei'ficial glance. 



Our Graded Sunday-school Lessons (A. C. W.) 82 

The Sacredueas of Worship '.','.'.'.'.'. SI 

















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Born Neor MiHmont. Union Co., Pa.. Aprl 
22. 1838. Married Elizabeth Relff Deo 8 
1861. Elected Deacon, May, 1862. SUnliter 
March, 1872. Ordained. April, 1881. Died 
Jan, 26, 1917. 





















The " see " of this injunction is that perception of the 
truth which necessarily follows a candid testing of its 
claims. 

And such a testing is not merely intellectual ; it is 
chiefly experiential. " Try me and see whether I 
cannot solve your problems," says Jesus to this grop- 
ing, troubled world of mankind. And while tlie world 
must wait for answer until it is willing to hearken to 
the call, you, reader, need not wait to find the answer 
to the problems of your heart. Do you care to know, 
to KNOW, whether anything good for you has come 
from Nazareth ? Give Jesus a fair trial in your life. 



Are You Worried About Something? 

Turn to First Peter five seven, and read : " Casting 
all your anxiety upon him, because he careth for you." 
The Christians to whom these words were written 
were suffering persecution. They were " reproached 
for the name of Christ." But Peter told them that 
was no cause for anxiety. The only thing they needed 
to be concerned about was lliat none of them " suffer 
as a murderer, or a thief, or an evil doer." " If a man 
suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed." God 
would lake care of the situation in that case. 

Is the matter that is troubling you, brother, some- 
thing for which you are responsible, or is it something 
that belongs to God to manage? The latter, of course, 
as it usually is. Then, why not let him manage it? 
He can do it so much better than you. Why worry 
over his work, when he entreats you lo let him carry 
the burden? Let him do it, and be happy. 



A Good Man Called Home 



" Thou shalt come to thy grave in full age, like as a 
shock of corn cometh in in his season." So wrote an 
elderly man of God in the olden time, and the words 
of inspiration of tlie prophet and sage fit so well into 
the life and character of our well-beloved brother, 
Eld. John G. Royer, whom the Lord hath so recently 
called to his bright and glorious home, that they tell 
the story of his active, earnest, fruitful Christian life. 
Even like unto a fully-matured and ripened shock of 
corn, full of tlie richness and goodness of a productive 
season, was our beloved, faithful, hard-working broth- 
er, now gone to enjoy his eternal reward. The Lord 
took him home when he was nearing fourscore years 
of a most active and useful life. Up to the last he 
was active in the Lord's work. For him to have re- 
mained with us, would have been a helpful blessing to 
the church, but his going has been to him a great gain. 
Bro. Royer loved the church of his choice with his 
whole heart. He was one among her strongest de- 
fenders and ablest ministers. In committee work he 
had few equals, for he was a man of sound judgment 
and had a clear insight into the truth. He was true 
to his convictions of right, and faithfully and ably de- 
fended them. He was not a radical but a wise, tact- 
ful, well-matured counsellor in all the work of the 
church. Asked once where he stood on some of the 
questions that sorely vexed some of our brethren, he 
answered eaniestly, " Between the extremists." And 
here you always found him, true to the principles of 
truth, and always ready to stand in their defense. Like 
unto Paul, his most earnest desire was to win souls to 
Christ, and to advance the spirituality of the church. 
To the Jews he would become as a Jew, as under the 
law to those under the law, as weak to the weak, so 
that, by all means, he might win some to Christ. In 
our last interview, — and then neither of us thought it 
would be our last, — he said; "I know I am growing 



old but I have a strong desire to work for the Master 
and I will be at work as long as the Lord gives mc 
strength to labor for the church." Upon his return 
from the field in Wisconsin, he was taken ill and in 
a few weeks the Lord said to him, "It is enough; come 
up higher." 

It was my privilege and greatly to my advantage, 
spiritually, to have known Bro. Royer well and inti- 
mately for more than a third of a century. VVe were 
closely associated and connected in the church and 
school work at Mount Morris for many years. Once, 
under disappointments and discouragements, he car- 
ried the school through when there was imminent dan- 
ger of its being closed. For twenty years he was 
president of the college and he labored hard and faith- 
fully for its success. It meant something, those years, 
to manage a school in our church. He had his trials 
and discouragements, but he also had the courage of 
his convictions, and kept at work. There were not 
even fair-paying wages in it for him. Some years he 
received less than four hundred dollars for his hard 
work. If wealth had been his aim, the school could 
not have had his service. But he most earnestly la- 
bored for the cause of education in the church. He 
spent fifty years of his life in active teaching, and has 
left a splendid record of successful, helpful work, 
When he gave up his long service at Mount Morris, he 
left the institution of learning in a prosperous condi- 
tion. Those who followed him, received a better re- 
muneration than he enjoyed. 

He was one among the most helpful men in his 
teaching and preaching. From him the writer re- 
ceived the most valuable assistance in the early years 
of his service in the ministry, — more than from any 
one else in the church. He made wise suggestions and 
used constructive criticism when needed. Once, in his 
presence, a Bible Land Talk was given, and it was 



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among the first, covering our first tour of tlic Holy 
Land. He spoke kindly of the effort and said : "Broth- 
er D. L., you should divide that talk into six diiYerent 
parts ; go more into details and tell the stor)' at greater 
length. It will do good." His advice was taken and 
his wise counsel was followed, and the demand for the 
Talks increased greatly. 

Unselfish helpfulness to others was an important 
rule of his life. It w^as a part of his nature, and in this 
line of work he was very successful. If all the minis- 
ters he has helped and encouraged in their life-work 
could be heard today, hundreds would be testifying of 
our brother's marked ability and cheerful willingness 
to assist otliers in their important calling in life. The 
thousands of young men and women who came under 
his teaching and splendid influence, as president of the 
College, will never forget his wise counsel. They may 
not all follow it, but it will follow them. 

For a number of years Bro. Royer was an active 
member of the editorial staff of the Messenger. His 
editorials and articles were always read with great in- 
terest. He wrote several books and spent some of his 
later years on hymnology. The best known volume is 
his little treatise, called : " The Sick, the Dying and 
the Dead," which has met with deservedly large sales. 
Our beloved brother did good and successful service 
in the evangeli.'itic field. He held many series of meet- 
ings and tlie Lord so blessed his labors that he gath- 
ered many into the fold of Christ. \\'hen holding 
meetings, he often walked many miles, visiting the 
homes of those not connected with the church, talk- 
ing to them of Christ and inviting them to attend the 
services at the church. In this way he always secured 
a good attendance at his meetings. His ability and 
readiness to talk about Christ to people, in private con- 
versation, was most marked. At railway stations, on 
the trains, at hotels, and in the homes, he always sought 
opportunity to speak a word for the Master, and he 
was wonderfully gifted in this special line of Chris- 
tian endeavor. One closely associated with him could 
not help but wish for a like gift. 

His faithfulness to the doctrines of the New Testa- 
ment, as held by tlie church, was one of the prominent 
features of his life. The new thought, as it is called, 
found no place in his heart. He believed in the inspi- 
ration of the Scriptures and was most heartily willing 
to obey that form of doctrine to which we ha\e been 
delivered. 

He was a devoted husband and a kind, loving father. 
His was a good Christian home. The joy of his 
heart reached its climax when all liis children were 
in the church. There were eight of them and they all 
survive the good father. He can not return to them, 
but if they are faithful to the end, they may go to him. 
Were the writer at his home, the details of Bro. 
Royer's life would be given. This may be done later 
by some of our brethren. To the last we entertained 
a strong hope that he might regain his health, abide 
with us longer and continue his good work. Our old 
home at Mount Morris will not be what it was since 
he has gone. Our close, personal relation brought us 
together so often. W'e had so many pleasant and prof- 
itable interviews together, on the live issues of the 
day. We shall all miss him so much, but soon our life 
work, too, will be completed, and then there will be a 
happy meeting on the golden shore of our Eternal 
Home. DIM 



Unity in Diversity 

Paul's reception by the church at Jerusalem, on the 
occasion of his last visit to that city, and his measures 
to conciliate the Jewish Christians, constitute one of 
the most interesting and suggestive chapters of his life. 
The glad welcome accorded him by the brethren of 
Jerusalem, the concern of James and the elders, lest 
the coming of Paul, with his well-known liberal atti- 
tude toward the Jewish law, into the midst of the law- 
observing Christians of Jerusalem, should precipitate 
an open rupture between the Jewish and Gentile sec- 
lions of the church, and the earnest desire of Paul him- 
self, to prevent such a calamity,— all this presents a 
most interesting example of how, beneath all super- 
ficial differences in point of view, there may exist the 
deeper essential unity of the Spirit. 

The Jerusalem conference had by no means unified 



the practice of the church. The admission of the Gen- 
tiles without circumcision had been sanctioned, and 
that work had been prosecuted with wonderful success, 
though not without strenuous opposition. But the 
Jewish Christians had continued to circumcise their 
children and to observe the customs of their fathers. 
They had no thought of ever doing otherwise. That 
these conditions could exist and the churches be held 
together in Christian fellowship until time could solve 
their problems, is a forceful testimony to the wise 
and careful leadership which they enjoyed. How 
thoroughly the apostle Paul appreciated the situation 
and how devoted he was to making the best of it, is 
seen in the' conciliatory measures adopted at the sug- 
gestion of the elders at Jerusalem. To understand his 
attitude we must remember that Paul was not opposed 
to any one's observing the Jewish rites who wished to 
do so; he w-as even willing to observe them himself. 
He only objected to making them a test of salvation. 
He was opposed to the position that one must keep 
Ihem in order to be saved. 

It is much to be desired that this situation in the 
apostolic church be clearly appreciated by us today, 
and that the principles exemplified in connection with 
it by Paul and the other leaders be applied in our own 
church life. If differences as grave as these existed in 
the apostolic church, and the church yet grew and 
prospered and maintained " the unity of the Spirit in 
the bond of peace," we need not be unduly disturbed 
if some differences, for a time, obtain among us, — dif- 
ferences less closely related to fundamental doctrines 
than these we are considering. What are our differ- 
ences, in comparison with the things that unite us? It 
should be easy to maintain unity in some diversity, 
when the basis of unity is so broad and deep and 
strong as ours. ^^^__^^^^_ 



Our Graded Sunday-School Lessons 

How Most Effectually to Help the Parents 
In a recent article, in tliese columns, something was 
said about practical plans for securing more and bet- 
ter religious instruction in the home. 
In this matter the cardinal points to remember 

1. In this work the Sunday-scliool and the home 
must work together. 

2. It is the church, through the Sunday-school, that 
must organize and direct the work. 

3. The foundation for it must, first of all, be laid in 
the Sunday-school Lesson Courses and Lesson Helps. 

4. Then, with these Lesson Helps, the local church 
and Sunday-school officers and teachers must organ- 
ize the plans and methods and helpers to carry out the 
work. 

5. Then, after the purpose is clearly formed, and 

the forces organized, the first thing to do is to make 

a list of all the homes from which the children in the 

Beginners' and Primary Departments in the Sunda}': 

school come. The needs of these 'homes should now 

be studied, and the best plans discussed and settled 

upon, how most effectually to help the parents in these 

homes. . _, . , „ 

A Practical Suggestion 

One plan that ought not to prove difficult is to get 
together all the mothers of the children in the Primary 
Beginners' and Primary Departments in the Sunday- 
class by themselves, with the defi'nite purpose of learn- 
ing how best to teach the children in the home, in co- 
operation with the instruction they arc receiving in 
the Sunday-school. There is no course of lessons in 
which mothers would be more interested, and perhaps 
a good many mothers who are not interested in the 
regular lessons, would be reached if such a course 
could be provided. 

The basis of the discussions in such a Sunday- 
school class would be the lessons in the Graded Sun- 
day-school Lesson Quarterly on the " foundation 
truths " of our Christian religion and how to teach 
them to the children. Every mother of this class 
would be supplied with a quarterly. 

There would be three lines for study and discus- 
sion : First of all, a study of the religious truth of doc- 
trine itself, which forms the subject of each lesson, 
until the truth itself, as it is taught in the Word, is 
thoroughly and satisfactorily understood. Then, with 



this accomplished, there would be the further discus- 
sion as to how the truths could be best taught to the 
minds and hearts of the little children. And, finally, 
there would be the consideration of the Home-Assign- 
ment, and" the home teaching and training which the 
parents should do during the week-days after the les- 
son has been taught. 

It is of no little importance, of course, that the par- 
ents and their children should study the same lesson 
on the same day, so that both parents and children 
will come home with the lesson fresh in their minds. 
Thus the parents will be fully prepared beforehand, 
to anticipate the needs of the child. They will be 
able to meet them promptly and in the best manner 
possible, having" already familiarized themselves with 
the subject and with the best methods of helping the 
children. 

Certainly, in this plan, there is nothing strange or 
arbitrary or difficult. Many parents, most likely, 
would bear the testimony tliat others have already 
liornc,— that in such a study of these fundamental 
ti'uths of Christianity they have gotten more personal 
help for their own lives than in any other study they 
have previously undertaken? Perhaps, in not a few 
instances, some teachings of the Word, which have 
always been obscure in their minds, would be thor-. 
oughly cleared up in a most satisfactory manner, for. 
somehow, when we know that we must teach a truth 
to others, our own minds are better able to grasp it 
under the pressure than at other times. And especial- 
ly when one teaches a truth to children, one must re- 
duce it to its simplest and most essential features; for 
if the tmth is not understood with absolute clearness, 
it is hopeless to try to teach it to a child. 

Perhaps this will be the most eft'ectual and practi- 
cal plan for most Sunday-schools, in attempting to 
secure home cooperation in the teaching of religion. 
Of course, instead of interfering \\'ith the giving of 
all possible personal help to the parents in the home 
instruction, this plan for class work would immensely 
help and vitalize such individual instruction. 

I know of one Sunday-school, at least, that is going 
to trj' out this plan, and it has so far met with enthu- 
siasm on the part of those who have discussed the 
matter. 

Such a class, too, can be started at any time; it is 
not too late to do it now. Even if you are not sure 
about the best teacher for such a group of parents, let 
them get together and then choose one to be their 
leader or chairman to conduct the discussions. 






The Sacredness of Worship 

Religio.n- does not consist in worship, but worship 
is a vital element in religion. The wrong of the 
temple traffic, which Jesus condemned so severely, 
when he drove out the sheep and oxen, lay in its de- 
struction of the sacredness of worship. The keeping 
of animals for sale at some convenient point was a 
necessity for those who came great distances to offer 
sacrifice. But the carrying on o'f this traffic within 
the temple courts made the temple seem more like a 
great market-house than a place of worship. How 
could there be an atmosphere of worship in the midst 
of such a jingling of coins and bellowing of cattle? 
No wonder the righteous indignation of Jesus was 
aroused. 

I wonder if we are as careful as we might be to 
make the conditions in our churches conducive to the 
sacredness of worship. The fundamental thing in 
worship, of course, is the right attitude of the spirit of 
Ihe worshiper. This involves a recognition of the 
greatness and worthiness of God, which leads to rev- 
erence, gratitude and trust. Whatever tends to de- 
tract from these sentiments is wrong, and whatever 
tends to inspire them is right. One should be made 
to feel immediately, on entering a church, that the 
place is sacred. The very atmosphere should be 
charged with reverence ; it should compel a realization 
of the presence of Almighty God. Not becaflse God 
is nearer here than he can be anywhere else, but be- 
cause we need all the helps to a sense of his presence 
that we can get. Would it not be well to consider 
whether our churches can be made more helpful to 
the spirit of devotion? 




THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 10, 1917 



The Crumbs 

BY B. F. M. SOURS 






; full, your life is glad. 

There are no cares to you. 
The blossoms sweet are at your feet. 

And overhead the blue. 
Life glides in happiness along. 

And all the pleasant way 
Is full of little birds of song. 

And we are glad as they. 
But O, a cry, a cry of want 

Comes with the airs of song; 
The daylight thrills across the hills, 

But this is near and strong: 
A hungry call, a cry for bread. 

Is sounding in your ears. 
As if a soul who sought the Christ 

Were struggling with its fears. 
The curtain parts, and he has sped 

With angels far above; 
With open gates the joy awaits. 

Child of the Father's love. 
But man, you did not heed the call! 

He faded with the days 
Till angels bore him on their wings 

To holy lands of praise. 
He was a brother of the King 

Who on the scene looked down. 
Who stooped to walk the paths with tlicc 

To win for thee a crown. 
O what will he, his brother, say 

When by his judgment throne 
Thou standest, — and the hungry one, — 

Before the Judge, alone? 

"The crurabsl" "The crumbs!" "Give but thi 
crumbs! 

We starve!" "O heathen! Cease! 
We are so happy in the joy 

Of life, and rest, and peace! 
The Bread of Life is joy to usi"— 

" The crumbs we crave! " cry they, — 
O Christian! canst thou guiltless be 

And turn the plea away? 
Mechanicsburg, Pa. 



The Carnal Mind 

BY EZRA FLOEY 

As we pen this title, we can not help wondering 
what will be the first impression upon those who see 
it. Doubtless some will think of the worldly man in 
vanity of dress ; another will think of those who attend 
places of amusement; and still others will think of 
fundamental traits of character, rooted in Christ, or 
of men severed from him. 

What is a carnal mind? Paul calls it " in the flesh," 
and declares that such " cannot please God." " If ye 
live after the flesh, ye must die" (are about dead). 
James designates such a one as being " double-minded 
.ind unstable in all his ways." Peter says of such, 
"Blind, seeing only that which is near." "Walking 
as men, jealous, envious, and given to strife," says 
Paul. " Lukewarm," is Jesus' characterization. 

We conclude that such an one is a hybrid. He is 
under the influence of two spiritual powers, — one 
making and the other destroying. In the armies of 
the' world he would quickly be called a traitor, and 
punished accordingly. In politics he would be called 
a turncoat. He is nauseating to God. He grieves the 
Holy Spirit. Jude calls him a " cloud without water." 
He is a tree without fruit. Jesus further describes 
such, in their opinion of themselves, — " Rich and in- 
creased with goods, having need of nothing." In God's 
sight they are " wretched and miserable, — paupers, — 
blind and nude." 

The distinguishing mark of Christianity is unselfish- 
ness. In his first letter to the church at Corinth, Paul 
dwells upon this point, insisting that the better in- 
formed members shall labor to conserve the weaker 
souls. He directs them to his own example ; then to 
the example of Israel in the wilderness. In the sixth 
and eleventh verses of the tenth chapter he asserts that 
Israel's life in the wilderness was an example for us. 
In what way was Israel our example? Here is a re- 
markable lesson, pregnant with concrete pictures of 
the carnal mind. They were pledged unto Moses, and 



dead unto Pharaoh, yet, when ostensibly out of Egypt, 
they did not have all of Egypt out of themselves. Do 
you lust for the world's luxuries? Are you thinking 
the world's thoughts,— the lower side? Are vou doing 
the world's deeds (Matt 6: 32)? Can people tell in 
what conversation you indulge, by the company you 
keep? Do they know by your house whether you be- 
long to the devil or to Christ? 
Here 



us of a large table, covered with many dishes and noth- 
mg in them. 

Bro. N. never prayed unless he was' urged to do so, 
and then he labored hard to get words (and thoughts 
too) as if he were rolling up hill a stone weighing halt 
a ton, but he could make a political speech as glibly as 
a master of tlie art. 



^'°- P- "'so had trouble in getting words, and oer- 

congregation m winch I found earnest haps thoughts too, but he got around his difficuhv bv 
?:°".;;^.r.?'^"".°<'"'-'° Si- *--'- '" "« -ying," Our Heavenly FaLr,''Xn he hid nling 



work of the Lord, whether at home or abroad. They 
ore unable to get the needed preparation. In the same 
congregation is another member with